Upcoming events at Leicester College

Girls into STEM

  • Date Wed 27 Mar 2019
  • Time 9:30 am -
    2:45 pm
  • Location Abbey Park Campus, LE1 3WA

Girls into STEM is a schools event for girls in years 9 and 10 at any school in Leicester and Leicestershire who are contemplating higher education/careers in the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and maths.

After a welcome from an inspiring STEM specialist, students will explore STEM careers and try out a practical workshop in one of the following areas:

  • accountancy
  • built environment
  • computing
  • engineering
  • motor vehicle
  • science.

The day is aimed at students who are predicted to achieve a grade 9-4 in English, maths and science plus two other subjects.

To book, simply enter your students’ names into their workshop of choice. We can provide complimentary lunch and transport. When we have your booking, we will liaise with you to arrange this. You must provide the names of students who are attending – your booking will be held for five working days and if after this you have not supplied names then your tickets will be released.

Transport can be arranged for you – free of charge – to bring your students to and from your school to the College.

Home schooled children in years 9 and 10 are also welcome to attend this event.

Book your places

Timings for the day are as follows:

9:15am, arrival (you are welcome to be earlier, but please don’t arrive later)

9:30am, Welcome talk and guest speaker

10am – 2:45pm, workshops, with 30 minutes lunch break scheduled by each area. Students in workshops at other campuses will be taken by minibus if they are at Freemen’s Park Campus, or will walk to St Margaret’s Campus and should be accompanied by at least one member of their school staff.

2:45pm, close. Transport student back to school if booked


It’s forecast 203,000 people with level 3+ engineering skills will be needed every year to meet demand through to 2024. (Engineering UK)

In the East Midlands there is a predicted need for 6% more science, research, engineering and technology professionals by 2024.

Nationally 42% of employers report a skills shortage in science, research, engineering and technology

(Source RCU)

Women are still underrepresented in STEM fields, specifically:

Only 5.5% of engineering professionals are women

Only 13% of those working in occupations classed as STEM are women

Only 1% of apprenticeships in construction, planning and the built environment are occupied by women

Only 20% of A Level physics students are women and this is unchanged for 20 years.

(statistics from Through Both Eyes The Case For A Gender Lens in Stem, Science Grrl)

The day is funded through the Government’s National Collaborative Outreach Project (NCOP) which aims to introduce people from disadvantaged backgrounds to higher education.

Book your places

We are also hosting two other events on 27 March for the same years of students: Discovering service industries and Creative Shed. These are also funded through NCOP so if you wish to send students to a mixture of events on the same day you can do so, but you must make bookings for each event.

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