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Role models - impact and value

We strongly believe in the value of enabling women and girls to work alongside female role models in SET. This includes women already progressing in their chosen careers, for example lecturers in SET and built environment disciplines, and students in non-traditional subject areas. We also understand the importance of ensuring role models are trained and equipped to inspire and enthuse.

In order to maximise the benefit of this interaction, we offer support and training to our role models through an enhanced ambassador scheme and through differing forms of mentoring. The team also offer support to women on SET courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the form of networking events and role model training. We aim to develop supportive relationships with and between our role models, through regular networking events and information exchange.

Above: As part of the Jive project, we filmed architect Cath Basilio talking about her new school design that promotes environmental awareness.

Case Study

For many girls and women, meeting a female plumber, bricklayer or any other tradeswoman is a revelation.

At the annual Build It event held at Kelham Island, Sheffield in 2008 primary school children worked alongside trainee welder Jodie Sowden and construction manager Kerry Bracken to construct a model Olympic village.

Events such as these provide an opportunity for participants to explore the skills, career routes, and aspirations of experienced role models.

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