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Science: Equal Opportunities

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to support women returning to work in science, engineering and technology after a career break.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The Government's approach to encouraging diversity in the STEM workforce, as set out in the science and research allocations published on 20 December 2010, will be refocused on specific actions integral to the programmes we fund. We will encourage those partners with whom we work closely to do likewise, and we will develop success measures that explicitly demonstrate progress on equality and diversity. This builds on the wider work of the Government to promote inclusive workplaces.

In partnership with the engineering institutions, industry and others, the Royal Academy of Engineering will develop a new diversity programme in engineering, and the wider STEM work force, to widen participation among under-represented groups.

We will continue to work with partners to consider how those individuals with particular needs, such as those returning to the workplace, might be supported.

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