Promoting inclusion in the STEM sector
With one in five university students in the UK studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects coming from a black, Asian and minority ethnicities (BAME) background, the STEM sector has surprisingly low numbers of BAME employees.
Process Seeing is Believing event
With this in mind, Gary Zetter (Director of our technical facilities management business) organised an event ‘Process Seeing is Believing’, focusing on black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sector. Partnering with Business in The Community (BiTC), the aim of the event was to engage businesses in STEM and discuss the importance of diversity in the workforce, which we successfully did through running workshops on how to make businesses more accessible to people from BAME backgrounds at different levels. We were so pleased with the results of the day and felt that it really allowed us to highlight best practice and the support available.
Business & U programme
Our ‘Business & U’ programme was developed to specifically promote STEM sector in schools. So far, we have reached out to over 9,000 young learners this year, allowing us to develop our talent pipeline for our apprenticeship programme. As a result, we have seen a significant increase of people with diverse backgrounds joining our business as apprentices, and gained recognition at the Apprenticeship Careers Awards as a Top 10 Apprenticeship Employer in STEM sector.
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