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A-Level results reveal more SET enthusiasm from girls

As more girls take up science, engineering and technology A-Levels, the message that a career in SET is not just for boys is “finally getting through”, says The UKRC, the government body for advancing gender equality in the sector.

Jane Clarke, assistant director of The UKRC, said this year’s results also showed girls outperformed boys in the subjects that traditionally lead to a career in male-dominated industries.

According to The UKRC, this year girls achieved more A* grades than boys in biology, ICT, physics and technology.

Ms Clarke said: “16.8 percent more girls have taken science and maths subjects since 2005, a higher proportional increase than boys, so the message that a career in SET can be fulfilling and crucially ‘for girls’ finally seems to be getting through.”

However, she warned that women are still underrepresented in “these vital growth industries”, even with all the right qualifications.

She continued: “It is now a question of universities retaining their interest in SET subjects and highlighting career pathways into fulfilling SET jobs. In addition, more employers need to create an environment where women feel comfortable enough to enjoy a long and successful career.”

Jason Rainbow

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