Female pupils in years 8 and 9, from high schools across South Wales, have taken the chance to discover the wide range of careers available in the aviation industry at a special Not Just For Boys event.
Run by Chwarae Teg, Not Just for Boys is designed to help girls find out more about different careers that might not be traditionally thought of as options for women, before they choose their GCSE subjects.
This latest event, opened by Jane Hutt, the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, saw Chwarae Teg partner up with British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC) and Careers Wales for an activity packed day. Together they showed that careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are Not Just For Boys.
The pupils took a tour of the hangar at BAMC, which showcased the variety of roles available and got to try their hands at exciting try-a-trade activities across sectors including engineering and digital.
A variety of STEM industries and employers were exhibiting at the event, enabling the pupils to meet female role models and find out about vacancies, apprenticeships and qualification routes to the differing careers.
Pupils attended from Tonyrefail Community School, Ysgol Bro Morgannwg, Cyfartha High School, Llantwit Major, Crickhowell High School and St Cyres School.
The father of one pupil from Crickhowell school, said: “It’s important for the girls to connect what they are learning in school and see how they could apply this to real life jobs.”
Pupil, Mia, from St Cyres school, said: “It’s been great to learn about and explore different opportunities and feel enabled to do different careers.”