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Examination of Witnesses

Part of High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 11th July 2013.

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Steven Hayter: I would like to add to that. It is really important that the STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—initiative in schools is continued and sponsored heavily by the employer organisations within engineering and construction. Certainly, my company is  doing that at the moment. It is really key to maintain children’s and young adults’ interest through the ages of 13, 14 and 15, when they start to become more interested in their careers. Especially women—we want to attract more women into engineering. What seems to be happening is that girls, as they go through the schooling process, are interested in science and engineering, but when they get to choosing what degree to take, they go away from engineering. We really need to change the image of the industry to attract more young people, and women in particular, into the profession.