Women into Stem Apprenticeship Programme
The Cogent Technical Apprenticeship Service (TAS) successfully secured funding from the UKCES (UK Commission for Employment and Skills) through the Employer Investment Fund to attract more females into science-based Apprenticeships. The programme aimed to enhance female students’ awareness and understanding of Apprenticeship training and potential careers in the science-based industries.
The full report from this programme is available here .
Steve Pole, Head of Physics, Lewis Girls School commented: "On the strength of this presentation and the feelings towards industry generated by the girls, about 20 girls went to Bridgend for the ‘Exciting Careers for Girls in Science’ event, which continued to spark interest in apprenticeships and careers in industry. In fact two year eleven students have now opted to take Physics AS levels in September based on this event, a direct consequence of this initiative."
Expressions of interest to work in science-related industries by participating female students have surpassed targets and expectations – with essentially 1 in 3 students participating in the project expressing an interest for work experience, indicating that follow up and continuous reinforcement of the concept would deliver the long-term aspiration i.e. increase the number of 16-18 year old female applicants for apprenticeships in England and Wales.