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Girls in STEM (8)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

How do you work with employers to increase their outreach to women seeking work in STEM?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

A key part of my Mayor’s London Scientist programme is linking STEM Ambassadors with schools. 50% of STEM Ambassadors on the programme are female.

In September 2019, I hosted ‘She Who Innovates’, the fourth annual conference by the youth-led ‘Us Programme’ which brought together 15 female STEM professionals and 120 girls aged 15-19.

We’ve allocated £2m of European Social Fund monies to support under-represented groups into STEM sector jobs, working closely with STEM employers and training providers.

My Digital Talent Programme works with a range of providers who work closely with large employers and SMEs to support an average of 49% female learners in training and work placements in the digital sector.

The London Enterprise Adviser Network is also matching senior business volunteers with careers leaders in 430 schools and colleges to improve their careers offer. 59% of volunteers work in a STEM role.