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We also heard about the importance of young women and girls going on trips to see women in STEM in action. Would you consider bringing forward a programme of educational trips to STEM workplaces for young women and girls in London?
Research shows that children develop career aspirations from as early as four-years-old. My five World of Work Explorer Trails introduce primary children to the kind of work that they may want to do when they are older. The Old Street trail focuses on careers linked to technology and the digital world, the Stratford trail on construction, and the Southwark trail health sector careers. I have partnered with STEM Learning so that each secondary school taking part in the Mayor’s London Scientist programme is matched with a STEM Ambassador. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from STEM related jobs who offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life.
My London Enterprise Adviser Network has developed a series of blueprints for businesses who wish to host visits from young Londoners. This has been shared with all 480 of the business volunteers. 59 per cent of volunteers have a job role that involves STEM and 50 per cent of those are women.
I am investing a further £4m of European Social Funding in ten Careers Clusters where schools work with businesses to develop 6-month pilot projects to introduce their students to the world of work. Our experience of the first Careers Clusters from 2016 to 2018 showed the value of projects where students could see Londoners in action. We’ll continue to work with STEM partners to promote opportunities for girls to get hands on experience of these careers.