Women in STEM: Shrinking The Gender Gap
For many years women have been underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) courses and jobs.
Recent UCAS data provided by HESA reveals that 35% of STEM students in higher education in the UK are women.The 2018 and 2019 workforce WISE campaigns highlight that from 2017, core STEM employment had increased by 6.3%, which equates to more than 6 times that of the total rise in the UK’s overall employment rate. In 2019, the government data showed that there are now one million women working in core STEM occupations. Despite the increase in women pursuing STEM jobs, confidence is still an issue. In 2019, research showed that 25% of women didn’t study STEM subjects, because they didn’t think they could cope with them (wearetechwomen.com).
To close this gender gap and break away from gender stereotypes, increasing visibility of women in STEM is key. Women have the opportunity to become role models for other women from school through to workplace; bring a fresh perspective and help to bring about change.
By 2030, WISE have estimated that women in STEM occupations can be expected to reach 29%. To work towards this statistic and hopefully going above and beyond, West London Institute of Technology encourages women to enrol in the courses offered, and has a Women in STEM social group to bring about new ideas, initiatives and events to bring more women on board.
If you are eager to build and develop a career in construction, digital or engineering, please do not hesitate to enrol or enquire. We will work with you and support you during the application process and ensuring you get the best start in building your career in STEM.
We offer full-time and part-time courses at Level 4 (HNC) and Level 5 (HND) in construction, digital and engineering. These courses are co-designed by Brunel University and employers (Fujitsu, Heathrow, West London Business and many more) to ensure that students gain the skills needed in industry. West London IoT is also introducing short Continuing Professional Development (CPD) part-time courses for those who are looking to progress and develop in their current role.
Have a look below at the courses and apprenticeships available to you.
Courses to Suit You
West London IoT will be introducing Pearson HN Flex courses, which provides students with the ability to study bite-sized knowledge, skills and behaviour units from Higher National Qualifications at Level 4 and 5.
Future courses include:
Construction Practice & Management (starting September 2021)
Construction Design (starting January 2022)
Construction Technology (starting April 2022)
Full-Time and Part-Time HNC/HND Courses
Have a look at the construction, digital and engineering apprenticeships on offer from Level 2 through to Level 4.
Why Should You Study at West London IoT?
Flexibility of courses in suiting different schedules and commitments.
Affordable and cost-effective way of gaining higher technical qualifications.
Funding options to assist you financially.
Exclusive new building (based at Uxbridge College) specifically for IoT students, including own lounge area and study pods. Take a look at the Virtual Tour.
Brand new cutting-edge equipment used in industry.
Taught by staff who have industry experience, skills and knowledge.
You will be involved with employers, working to project briefs.
The classes will be smaller, so you will get more support from staff.
The courses are designed by Brunel University and employers, therefore you can be certain that you will gain the skills needed in industry.
We Are Here to Support You
Don't let any barriers stop you from developing your career. Our student support is here to help suggesting options that may be available, whether it's financial, childcare or having that work/education balance. Don't hesitate to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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