New scheme to help girls pursue STEM industry careers

A new scheme aiming to encourage schoolgirls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries is being launched by four leading communication giants.

The scheme will aim to encourage more girls to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing industries Credit: PA

BT, Ericsson, O2 and Vodafone have teamed up to pull together the pilot programme, which will see school students matched with a business mentor.

Paula Constant, who chairs BT's Women's Network, said if successful they hope to roll the programme out across the UK.

This scheme could make a real difference in encouraging girls to apply for jobs that require STEM skills.

Research shows that even though girls study the relevant subjects in school, only a inority go on to pursue careers in this area.

This issue needs to be addressed and we're really excited about the role we can play in inspiring and supporting female school leavers who may be considering a career in STEM.

– Paula Constant, BT