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More than 50% of young women would consider a career in #STEM but over 75% are put off by gender barriers

QA and @Stemettes launch a series of free STEM Certification Academies to debunk myths and equip young women with the skills and certifications needed for a career in the Tech sector QA, one of the UK’s leading digital education and skills providers, has revealed that 53% of young women are keen to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), but that over three quarters, 78%, are put off by gender barriers.   Nearly half of women aged 16-20, 44%, feel that an insufficient number of female role models or mentors is a barrier to a STEM career, 37% of women feel that they would not have the same opportunities as a male colleague, and nearly a third, 29%, do not feel confident enough in a male dominated environment. The research, commissioned by QA, amongst 500 women aged 16-24 in the UK, also reveals that many are put off a career in STEM, as one third, 33%, believe it is too boring, 29% don’t understand what STEM careers are available and 16% felt that a STEM career is more suitable to men.This research shows that more work needs to be done to showcase the opportunities and the value of a career in STEM, break down gender barriers and debunk outdated myths. To address the challenge, QA has joined forces with Stemettes, a social enterprise which encourages girls aged 5-25 to pursue a STEM career. As part of the first ‘Stemettes Certification Academy’, QA will offer free facilities, technology skills training and certifications to 10 young women (aged 16-20), all from a diverse set of backgrounds, but aspiring to pursue a STEM career. This initial pilot programme will take place at QA’s flagship training centre in St Katherine’s Dock, starting on 23rdOctober 2019.   Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO & Co-founder, Stemettes, said:

Former Conduent executive, Srikanth Iyengar joins QA senior leadership team to drive future growth and expansion

QA ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITION TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM QA, one of the UK’s leading digital education and skills providers, today announced the appointment of Srikanth Iyengar to its Executive Committee reporting into CEO Paul Geddes. Iyengar will start in the role from 1st November 2019 and will work with Geddes to shape QA’s growth and expansion plans – with full backing and investment from QA’s owners CVC Capital Partners.

Pupils from deprived backgrounds are just as likely to join an #Apprenticeship as their less deprived peers

The Social Mobility Impact of #Apprenticeships There is little doubt that the Apprenticeship sector has been through a turbulent period. Many of us leading Apprenticeship businesses have been left managing challenges on all sides.

#ALevelResultsDay prompts unprecedented demand for first-ever #apprenticeship #clearing hotline

Training provider QA today ran a first-of-its-kind “clearing hotline” offering apprenticeships to school leavers who might be considering an alternative to university.

QA acquires Cloud Academy to create a world-leading corporate skills platform

New digital learning solution will help organisation tackle The Skills Gap

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