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We’re supporting campaign to encourage women into technology roles 

12 September 2016

Twenty girls are participating in Step into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), a pan-industry drive we’re backing to encourage more women into technology and telecoms-based careers.

The programme has been developed by our own Gender Equality Network and the women’s networks at Ericsson, O2 and Vodafone.

They’re partnered by Girls Talk London, an organisation that encourages women to learn from others in senior roles.

Girls participating in Step into STEM

Five volunteers from each company are hosting and mentoring the girls from four London schools.

We invited the girls to BT Centre in London for a series of interactive work experience sessions where we gave them valuable tips on tackling job interviews and writing CVs, and we assessed their personality types.

One of our BT Security apprentices, Natalie George, together with Security graduate Laura Lovelace, took part in mock interviews and gave an insight into their work experiences and day-to-day job responsibilities.

Ivelina Koleva, Assure cyber deal architect at BT, said: “It was very rewarding to see what a difference Step into STEM has made to these girls. It’ll be fantastic if even only a handful of them decide to go into STEM.”

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