NFEC (National Forum of Engineering Centres) invited Christina Conroy OBE to talk about the TechwomenUK Project at the London and South East regional seminar in June 2015. NFEC’s membership includes Colleges, Group Training Associations, Employers and Individuals and it has a broad representation within the 14-19 and post-16 sectors. NFEC’s subscribing Member organisations together deliver over 85% of the post-16 engineering and technology education and training provision in Engineering and the related Technologies. Their key role is to represent the views of their members on funding and policy issues as well as awareness-raising and continuing professional development, for both managers of learning and delivery staff, so that they are able to stay abreast of changing curriculum and qualifications needs. The seminar took place at IPS international, a leading work-based training provider.
Christina generated a discussion about the TechwomenUK research about the under-representation of girls and women in technology and led a broad discussion on strategies that could be used to tackle the lack of girls in technology subjects. Feedback from members highlighted that when girls do participate in technology subjects they are usually more committed and more able. The group identified the importance of engaging mothers in girl’s subject choices and encouraging ‘have a go’ events for girls aged 10-14. Jill Mustard, Operations Manager for NFEC said “I just wanted to say thank you for presenting for us. I thought the style you used worked really well and certainly got people thinking in different ways.”