With the news that the gender pay gap this year seems to be growing, it is easy to feel disheartened.
One interpretation of the gap growing may not be so negative, but this also strengthens the need for all of us to work together to ensure that women are at the centre of opportunities created by the future skills requirements across all of our sectors.
Technology is transforming every aspect of our lives – as one of our members said to me last year, he could attend a different event or read a new report on digitalisation and the future of work every day of the week. What is not so readily available is robust evidence on the implications for women and what can be done to address the real risk of a growing gender divide. It’s why the title of our 2019 conference is “Our Skills, Our Future”. Buy your tickets now!
Another huge positive is showcasing role models at every stage of their careers. Our Awards open for nominations today. You can make a real difference by nominating yourself or someone you know in wide-ranging categories including new ones for Emerging Technology, Computing and Outreach programmes.
Working together is critical to ensure that real, sustainable change is made to create equal opportunities for everyone. I hope to see many of you at our Conference to continue these important conversations and work ever closer together.
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Whose skills, whose future? – On the digital skills pipeline
It's estimated that an additional 175,000 tech jobs could be created in industry by the mid-2020s, and those jobs will need people with a good mix of tech and interpersonal skills. But is there currently a strong enough pipeline of girls coming through the education system to meet that demand?
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A bigger gender pay gap could be good news
As employers file their 2019 gender pay gap reports, WISE warns that some companies will report bigger gender pay gaps in comparison with their 2018 reports. These larger gaps could be an indication that companies are starting to take steps to improve the representation of women in their organisation...
My Skills My Life: Introduction Webinar
17 April | 1pm-2pm
WISE members can find out more about WISE’s new outreach tool for girls aged 11-19 at this webinar on 17 April. There will be practical tips on how to implement My Skills My Life as either a standalone tool or as part of an existing outreach programme.
Work for WISE
The role requires an entrepreneurial approach to marketing WISE and our products and projects and an ability to build relationships with external member organisations and other interested parties.
The Marketing Officer will be a key member of the WISE Communications Team.
WISE Engineering and YOU
What's it all about?
WISE, working with WYCC and Leeds City College, are offering Leeds Region employers the opportunity to identify and progress potential female STEM talent from within their existing workforce. Women at all levels of skills and employment in your organisation are invited to attend the 3-day workshops.
WISE Creative Problem Solving Challenge 2019
An alien spaceship is heading towards Earth and you’re in charge!
Tell us (in no more than 500 words) how you would organise Earth’s first contact with the aliens aboard the spaceship heading towards Earth. Who would you ask to help? Which areas of science, technology, engineering and maths would you draw upon?
WISE Young Professional’s Board will judge entries between two age categories: 10-12 and 13-15.
WISE Member Event
Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index 2019 Launch Event
Lloyds Bank is proud to host an event to launch the 2019 Consumer Digital Index, the UK’s largest measure of digital capability. Join them in celebrating the launch of the fourth iteration of this report, on Thursday 30th May, 1pm-5pm, Westminster.