Charity recognised for inspiring girls into science and engineering

An education charity which works to inspire young people into science and engineering careers has received a prestigious award from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Dr Gordon Mizner, CEO of the charity EDT, received the WISE Diversity Award for the charity’s work in encouraging young women into these careers at an awards ceremony in London on the 29th November.

The work that EDT undertakes fits closely with the mission of WISE (Women into Science, Engineering and Construction) to encourage young people into science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) education and related careers. EDTs work- related learning schemes provide opportunities for 11-21 year olds to engage with role models in STEM industries and to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised courses. Each year, over 20,000 young people take part in EDT’s activities. More than half the students taking part in the EDT First Edition programme are girls and 40% are from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Dr Mizner said: “Engagement of young people in projects with mentors who are currently doing STEM jobs dispels many of the myths about scientists and engineers. We find that once young people have been given the opportunity to see how a real world project connects with their studies, their attitude towards the possibility of a STEM career is transformed. We are delighted that so many girls take part in EDT programmes, particularly at the younger stage of secondary school. This means that we have the opportunity to inspire them about STEM subjects before they start making the GCSE choices which will shape their future career prospects.”

The WISE Awards, in association with Amey, are a unique annual event that recognises inspiring organisations and individuals, actively addressing the core concerns of WISE: promoting science, engineering and construction to girls and young women.

Find out more about the WISE campaign.


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