On 8 March, Reading College will be marking International Women’s Day by focusing on the recruitment of women into STEM and this year’s theme: #BeBoldForChange.
The event will commence with inspiring talks from Sally Dicketts, the CEO of Activate Learning, about women learning in Saudi Arabia; Rachel Allamby and Anna Harries from Berkely Group will be focusing on women in construction and Dr Monica Armengol, FES Group, Biomedical Engineering University of Reading will offer insights into the careers of an engineer and in bioengineering or biomedical engineering. The talks are designed to inspire women to consider careers in STEM and breakdown stereotyping, myths and perceived barriers.
Students and staff at Reading College are welcome to attend the talks which will be held in the Library at 10.30am. Students from Reading Girls’ School and John Madejski Academy will also be attending and taking part in workshops in construction, engineering and motor vehicle to give them a taste of career options that they may not have considered before. Health and social care students at Reading College will also be swapping classes with motor vehicle students in another attempt to combat the perception of careers being more suited to either gender.