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Regional & national agenda

The Women in SET team work closely with partners and colleagues in the region, playing an important role in widening the participation of girls and women from all backgrounds in STEM and built environment education and employment.

Our experience of working with girls and women of all ages and backgrounds at all levels of STEM and built environment gives us a unique and valuable approach to widening participation.

An example of this is our partnership with Tradeswomen South Yorkshire and with employers to help find female role models to counteract the perceptions of "men's careers and women's careers" at STEM events and our work to support the Science and Engineering Ambassadors scheme. run by the Stempoint in recruitment and training.

Our considerable experience and understanding of careers education, information and guidance combined with the Centre's innovative approach to promoting STEM in schools has been given national recognition with the award of a £1.75 million three year contract from the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to manage a national STEM careers coordination project, part of the Science and Innovation Investment Framework.

We are partners in the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET based in Bradford and funded by government as part of its science workforce strategy. The UKRC provides expert advice and training to organisations and support to individuals to ensure that the UK is able to benefit from the talents of women scientists, engineers and technologists.

Through our partner work with the UKRC we are able to draw on a wide range of resources and tools to address occupational segregation, and provide a regional approach to gender interventions in STEM.

 We pride ourselves on our innovative work in the area of the built environment by collaborating with the Women's Construction Centre (who run hands on courses in built environment and allied trades) as well as environmental initiatives such as Heeley City Farm in Sheffield. We are able to offer a wide range of experiences for short courses and tasters, from craft to professional; from entry to returner; to widen horizons and raise aspirations...and we don't stop there...we support women and girls in their onward paths with mentoring and networking to grow the community of support.