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Y12 students visiting the Queen’s University Belfast stand at the Women Into STEM CALP Careers Fair - View Full Size Image
Y12 students visiting the Queen’s University Belfast stand at the Women Into STEM CALP Careers Fair
Y12 students visiting the Nicobrand stand at the Women Into STEM CALP Careers Fair - View Full Size Image
Y12 students visiting the Nicobrand stand at the Women Into STEM CALP Careers Fair
Cross & Passion College Ballycastle Y12 students learning about AVX at the Women Into STEM CALP Careers Fair - View Full Size Image
Cross & Passion College Ballycastle Y12 students learning about AVX at the Women Into STEM CALP Careers Fair
Y12 girls learning about RAF Careers at the Women Into STEM CALP Careers Fair - View Full Size Image
Y12 girls learning about RAF Careers at the Women Into STEM CALP Careers Fair
Learning about Architecture for Y12 students at the Women Into STEM CALP Careers Fair - View Full Size Image
Learning about Architecture for Y12 students at the Women Into STEM CALP Careers Fair
25/11/2015 WOMEN INTO STEM CAREERS FAIR AT LORETO COLLEGE

Loreto College took the lead in organising a Coleraine Area Learning Partnership Women into STEM event on Wednesday 15th November 2015, in order to address the stereotypical perception that women lack interest in Science, Technology and Mathematics.

Research contradicts the stereotypical perceptions. At school, girls perform to the same level as boys when encouraged, provided with the right tools and given access to role models. What young girls do sometimes struggle with is not knowing enough about STEM careers and the opportunities available within the fields.

Year 12 girls who are studying ICT, Technology or Science subjects in the Learning Community schools were able to learn about opportunities within a range of industries and career areas. Female representatives from the Queen’s University Belfast Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Citibank, the Engineering Training Council, the Ulster University Faculty of Computing and Engineering, CAFRE, The Nerve Centre and several local Hairdressing businesses outlined potential career pathways and recounted their own experiences in a pre-dominantly male environment. Questions and answer sessions enabled girls to explore issues which concerned them in more depth.  Meanwhile in addition to these workshops, a broad-ranging exhibition of potential STEM Careers ran in the College’s Assembly Hall throughout the morning.

Miss Maria Flannelly, Head of Careers at Loreto College, commented that this very successful event has increased levels of knowledge and understanding of STEM based companies and has encouraged the girls to give serious consideration to undertaking a career in this field, helping to grow a dynamic, innovative economy in Northern Ireland.