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BT, Ericsson, 02 and Vodafone to promote stem careers to schoolgirls

STEM

BT, Ericsson, O2 and Vodafone have agreed to expand a mentoring scheme launched to encourage schoolgirls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.  

Women’s networks from each of the four major companies launched a pilot scheme last year based in London to work in partnership with Girls Talk London, an organisation which aims to empower women to learn from others in senior roles in business.

The scheme was a big success and resulted in 18 of the girls graduating at a ceremony at Kings College London in 2016.

Now all four companies have reiterated their commitment to the scheme in London, with BT launching an expansion in Birmingham. The expansion of the scheme, known as Step into STEM, was celebrated on 8 March at an event at the BT Tower on International Women’s Day. Schools who have students on the programme include: King’s Maths School, UCL Academy, Heathcote School, Woodford County High, City Academy Hackney and Highbury Fields School.

The scheme was initially a pilot, but now all four companies have big ambitions for the programme, and the hope is that it will be rolled out to other locations across the UK through further collaboration.

Ivelina Koleva, head of global cyber security commercial bids at BT, said: “Launching an expansion of the ‘Step into STEM’ programme speaks volumes of the drive and commitment of the Gender equality networks of BT, Ericsson, Vodafone and O2.”