In the recent Bright! Report carried out by Chwarae Teg exploring young women’s career aspirations, 87% of the survey participants felt that gender stereotypes continued to affect young women’s careers. Women are still favouring traditionally female dominated sectors, despite the need for more women in sectors such as manufacturing which can offer higher salaries.
Not Just for Boys gives girls an opportunity to find out more about different career options across a variety of industries and sectors before they set about choosing their GCSE subjects. The girls will have a chance to meet role models from the different sectors and to try their hands at engineering, digital and other skills that they might never have tried before. Current surveys indicate that only 11% of the UK’s engineering workforce is female and that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe.