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College launches campaign to break down STEM stereotypes

Burton and South Derbyshire College has launched a campaign to break down STEM stereotypes and promote equality and diversity.

The college is offering free training to under-represented people at its Swadlincote campus after it became one of 44 providers to be supported by the Equality and Diversity Partnership Project Fund.

With the funding from LSIS and the Skills Funding Agency, it aims to increase participation amongst 19+ learners, including the promotion of women in construction and the promotion of STEM subjects to people from minority ethnic backgrounds.

It will also promote STEM subjects to people with disabilities and / or mental health problems, as well as those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sasha Hubbard, a science lecturer at the college, said: “The project is giving people who are usually under-represented in STEM subjects the chance to gain an insight into the area. We are committed to defying stereotypes and ensuring everybody has access to these exciting subjects.

“The launch of the project was a real success, with women from the local area learning plumbing, painting and decorating skills. This will continue throughout the year, giving women the opportunity to try electrical courses, carpet fitting, carpentry and joinery, and vehicle maintenance.  There are many other opportunities available for people to get involved, from employers to residents within the community. We are urging anyone wishing to take part to contact the college.”

Natalie Thornhill

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