WISE calls on Government to monitor impact of Brexit on women’s participation in STEM
23 August 2016
WISE has put together a submission to the Science and Technology Select Committee on the risks and opportunities of leaving the European Union (EU), focusing specifically on the impact on women in the UK’s STEM workforce.
The EU has provided a positive force for change in terms of women’s participation in science, technology and engineering in the UK. It is vital to the UK’s economy that we continue to focus efforts on improving diversity in the STEM workforce, not only to fill skills shortages but to reap the innovation and business benefits which diversity brings. We urge the Government to consider the potential implications of Brexit on gender balance in the STEM workforce, take steps to mitigate the risks and to make the most of this opportunity to increase the diversity of the talent pool available.
Among the suggestions put forward in our submission are government encouragement for employers to recruit women onto technical apprenticeship programmes and re-training schemes for women looking to come back into work after a career break.
Contact WISE today if you would like to be involved in either of these projects.
In preparing this submission WISE consulted our members to understand their position and the immediate impacts that they have faced after the referendum. We have engaged with a cross section of men and women from our membership across academia and industry to provide a meaningful submission that allows us to talk on behalf of people that are working in areas of STEM.