Sheffield College helps bridge the gender gap

A campaign has been launched in Sheffield to help bridge the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Sheffield College is part of a European project promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and careers in schools and colleges internationally.

Mind the Gap is aimed at girls aged 16 to 18 and their teachers. It seeks to encourage more young women to take science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects at school to help them into related careers.

The two-year project involves five organisations in the UK, Spain and the Netherlands, with Sheffield College the lead partner for the UK.

Research shows that the UK has the lowest participation of women involved in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Europe.

Heather Smith, Sheffield College Principal, said: “We are committed to training our students in the skills that employers need to improve their job and careers prospects, and to support regional economic growth.

“We are delighted to be part of an international campaign to raise awareness amongst girls, their parents and teachers about the exciting opportunities and rewards that careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer.”

For more information on the project visit mindthegapproject.eu and follow @MindTheGap_EU on Twitter.

To find out about open evenings at Sheffield College next month visit http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk