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ERIC Number: EJ977087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
STEM Work Experience for Girls
Collins, Jill
Education in Science, n246 p18-19 Feb 2012
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is a public sector organisation, operating at the leading edge of technology and with a 38,000 strong workforce deployed at locations in the UK and overseas. Around 50% of its personnel are technically employed and 40% of all annual vacancies are for the technically competent. Currently, 13.5% of the workforce is female. However, only 8% of engineer officers and around 5% of technicians are women. The RAF has traditionally recruited from a pool of white males aged 16-24 years. However, this pool of potential candidates has got smaller. Whilst female employment in the technical occupations in the RAF, including flying, has shown a gradual improvement, women continue to be significantly under-represented. In late 2007, the RAF developed a 5-year Gender Recruitment Strategy with the objective of improving future female recruitment into the technical specialisations. This plan included tools to raise STEM awareness within the target audience and their influencers, and techniques that challenged existing gender stereotyping. The programme focuses on the need for initial engagement in STEM of girls by no later than age 13, followed by regular but sustainable contact to deepen their interest in a STEM career within the RAF. Specifically, the RAF has developed hands-on work experience courses for girls, in engineering and logistics, and has also developed a primary school educational Road Show and workshop in conjunction with its external partner, BAE Systems. The strategy also makes extensive use of successful female role models.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom