More needs to be done to get women into science and engineering, says Ruth

Ruth Cadbury MP has taken part in a debate to call on the Government to look at what more can be done to get women into science and engineering jobs. The debate was secured Ben Howlett who is a member of the Women and Equalities Committee - as is Ruth.

Ruth reminded members attending the debate that, "Only 14% of all STEM roles and jobs are taken by women, and only 9% of engineering jobs, the lowest proportion among European countries. My constituency is home to a large number of employers that depend on technology, information and communications technology and transport roles. One of those is GlaxoSmithKline, which is headquartered locally. I congratulate GSK on the successful work that it has done to recruit women into STEM apprenticeships; 34% of its STEM apprenticeships are taken by women, against a national average of 16%. GSK has done so through a number of initiatives, particularly by promoting role models, ensuring that female apprentices and other staff attend careers fairs and feature in promotional videos, and talking to young women who might consider taking up a career in a STEM field."

Ruth also highlighted the small number of female teachers who teach science and engineering subjects, "Other Members have addressed gender stereotyping, an issue for which we all need to take responsibility, particularly employers and the Government. The small proportion of female teachers of STEM subjects is concerning. Teachers play such an important role in the career choices that young women make, and it saddens me that in the 21st century, we still have gender differentiation in the career choices of young people in our schools. I look forward to hearing the Minister’s response, because I believe that the Government have a significant role to play in taking action and leadership on this important issue."

The whole debate can be seen by clicking HERE