Soroptimist International (SI) Richmond and Dales is based in the market town of Richmond, North Yorkshire under the patronage of The Rt Hon. the Baroness Hale of Richmond.
SI Richmond and Dales is a member of a global women’s organisation, Soroptimist International, working to improve the lives and status of women through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.
2017 is the club’s Diamond Jubilee Year and, to celebrate Soroptimism ideals, we hosted an event with the potential of having a lasting impact on the women of tomorrow.
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Skilled trade workers, engineers and technicians are the most in demand jobs globally. Research suggests that within the U.K, women are severely under represented in the science technology engineering and maths( STEM) workforce.
Focusing on the goals of Soroptimism – inspiring action and creating opportunities – SI Richmond and Dales organised an exciting one day Northern networking conference:
STEM:Jobs for the Girls
- Challenge accepted STEM gender stereotypes
- Broaden horizons within the female student population
- Inspire and motivate girls to study STEM subjects and pursue STEM careers
- Help girls explore STEM opportunities available through apprenticeships, further study and higher education
- Show girls how relevant STEM is to their identities and futures
- Evaluate impact of the day on student choices
For more information on Soroptimist International visit www.soroptimistinternational.org
ROYAL AIR FORCE, LEEMING – the venue for the event was Royal Air Force Leeming, on the A1M corridor, with the kind permission of the Station Commander, Group Captain David Arthurton OBE MA RAF. This was a great asset to our conference plans, giving us many resources and options that would have been impossible to achieve if we had chosen a traditional conference venue. RAF Leeming also provided an exciting visitor experience for the girl delegates in particular and the wealth of STEM knowledge and experience of the RAF supporting the conference was of great value overall.
We have many RAF personnel to thank for this outcome but we would like, in particular, to acknowledge the support and expertise of Squadron Leader Brian Ramsey, Squadron Leader Jayne Lindley and Sergeant Kev Stannard, without whom it would not have been made possible.
WISE – An organisation promoting women in science, engineering and technology, which has provided guidance and encouragement in developing our plans
The Reece Foundation – set up in 2007 to promote sustainable prosperity in the North East of England’s manufacturing and engineering industries has kindly provided funding towards the event.
Two Ridings Community Foundation – A community foundation helping to build social capital over the long term, also kindly providing funding towards the event.
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