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A new generation of heroines
December 2016
 The Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP, Skills Minister at the Department of Transport, in a keynote speech at the WISE Conference last month, pledged to work with WISE to unleash the talents of tens and thousands of women – “ a new generation of heroines”. With a commitment to recruiting at least 6,000 women as apprentices by 2020 to fill new jobs in transport, momentum is really building in this sector. Read more about this and other insights from the WISE Conference here.

Transport, like other industries, is being transformed by technology. Research by the World Economic Forum  suggests that the impact of automation on jobs traditionally done by women will be significantly greater than the impact on jobs traditionally done by men – represented by the graphic below. Technology is creating new, highly skilled jobs in every sector – but for every new job created, 20 traditionally female jobs will be displaced, compared to 4 jobs traditionally done by men. 
Don’t let girls miss out. WISE is working with techUK to digitise People Like Me – join us on 31 January to find out more.

With very best wishes for the festive season from all of us at WISE. We look forward to working with you in 2017 to move the dial on women’s participation in science, technology and engineering – from classroom to boardroom. 

Helen Wollaston,
Chief Executive

Welcome to our new corporate members BASF, Birkbeck College, DBD Limited, Sparx Ltd, Transport for London, University of Essex, UTC Reading Westfield, Waters and all our individual members.
Amy Hart WISE Awards blog
Amy Hart - Talks about her career, school days, women in STEM and what it felt like to win the 2016 WISE Rising Star Award. Read her full blog here.
WISE website survey
We're planning to make some changes to our website and we would be grateful if you could answer some simple questions to help us make the right improvements. Answer the questions here
WISE Member Crossrail Tour
35 women from WISE member companies had the privilege to go on a Crossrail tour of Farringdon station. Participants - mostly STEM professionals - visited the site and attended 3 career workshops. Read on here.
WISE Returners Programme

Are you:
On maternity leave and preparing to return to work?
- A woman who has recently returned to work?

This two-day programme will deliver renewed confidence as well as practical tools and targeted interventions to help you focus on specific areas of your work and home life. There is a 50% discount for women who are currently out of work. Starts 2nd March. Book now

Network Rail People Like Me International Women's Day Event

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, Network Rail are aiming to hold STEM inspiring sessions at 40 schools up and down the country. If your school or club is interested in a People Like Me session please enquire here.

Recognition for Phebe Mann, a WISE Woman of Outstanding Achievement
Chartered Civil Engineer and 2011 WISE Woman of Outstanding Achievement winner, Dr Phebe Mann, has been honoured with a photo portrait at The David Hockney Building, Bradford College.

The portrait was unveiled at a WISE Women in Science and Engineering event held at Bradford College. The portrait was originally awarded to Dr Mann for winning the 2011 WISE Women of Outstanding Achievement (WoOA), Tomorrow's Leader Award. Read more here.
Smallpeice Trust launch new courses for 2017
The Smallpeice Trust is continuing its mission to give young people everything they need to fuel a passion for engineering. Last year they celebrated their 50th year by delivering 600 STEM events to 50,000 students; a record for Smallpeice. Their new courses cover the whole spectrum of engineering. Everything from aerospace, to marine technology and newer fields such as artificial intelligence and cyber security.
New BBC - Astronaut training Show

Could you be an astronaut? A brand new BBC Two series is looking for 12 men and women, from all over the UK, to take on the challenges involved in authentic astronaut training.

The application process is very simple: an email sent to will automatically send more details and a link to the online form, which should only take a few minutes to complete.

The Young Women's Trust Awards

The Young Women's Trust Awards celebrates the achievements of young women who have overcome barriers to personal or professional success.

The Exceptional Apprentice Award offers an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of women working towards an engineering or digital apprenticeship.
Closing date for nominations: 1 January 2017, 11.59pm Apply here

Agents of Change power list: nominate now

Management Today and the Women's Business Council are on the hunt for the country's 'Agents of Change'. The aim is to shine a spotlight on the army of male leaders who are demonstrably accelerating women in business, driving gender equality initiatives, shattering glass ceilings and challenging the status quo. Are you an Agent of Change or would you like to nominate a male colleague or boss? Read more and fill in the form here.

WISE Conference Highlights
For the third consecutive year, the WISE conference has gone from strength to strength; read the highlights here. We have received fantastic feedback but there is still time to let us know your thoughts here.
#WISEAwards2016 and #WISEConference2016
The Awards and Conference success was not only felt at the venues they were held but online too. With the help of over 200 contributors, all tweeting and re-tweeting over 250 posts, the dedicated hashtags, #WISEAwards2016 and #WISEConference2016 were seen by over 630,000 people on social media. Thanks to everyone that contributed!
People Like Me training London
A very successful training session was held in London last week. Representatives from the NHS, Deloittes LLP, University of Warwick, University of Oxford, University of East London, Imperial College, UTC Reading and Airbus attended the training. Find out more about the event or how you can get trained here.
WISE Knowledge Sharing Event: Flexible Working - London
Join us in London for an event focussing on one of our Ten Steps: Making flexible working a reality for all. From our recent Measuring Progress Event we know that many companies are making great progress in this area, but we want to spread the word and share some great insight and ideas so that progress is even more emphatic. Book here.
WISE Free Member Webinar: Reducing Bias in Recruitment
Join WISE 31 Jan 2017 13:00 – 14:30 via a Free Online Webinar, for a taster session of the WISE recruitment workshop. Find out more about the event and book your place here.

If you can’t join us but are interested in a Removing Bias in Recruitment Workshop for your team or using our Ad Checker service to ensure your advertising has maximum impact on potential female candidates, get in touch with us.
Closing the STEM skills gap inquiry launched

The Commons Science & Technology committee have launched an inquiry into ‘Closing the STEM skills gap’. We encourage you, where applicable, to respond to the inquiry and keep us informed. Deadline for written submissions is 13th January 2017. For full terms of reference and to submit evidence, see the Inquiry page.

Imperial College London INSPIRE PGCE science teacher training programme

The INSPIRE PGCE science teacher training programme is aimed at people with PhDs and Masters with a passion for outreach and science communication. Tax free funding of up to £32,000 is available. More info here

IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) recognised exceptional young women engineers at its Young Woman Engineer (YWE) Awards Ceremony on 1 December 2016.

Congratulations go to all the winners, including Bethan Murray, Manufacturing Systems Lead at WISE member Rolls-Royce PLC, who was presented with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize.

The Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge

The Technology Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge offers school and college students a unique opportunity to showcase their project work to an industry that relies upon the creativity and innovation of its designers and engineers. To find out more please contact the MTA’s Education & Development Co-ordinator, Laura Pickering or visit the TDI website here.

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Joining WISE gives you access to a network of connections, expertise, jobs, paid work placements and training to build confidence, increase your visibility and enable you to make a difference in your role and in your sector. We welcome members at any level, male or female. Find out more about the benefits of membership and Sign up today

Membership is open to all UK residents over 16 years of age. Do you know someone embarking on an apprenticeship, degree or first job in STEM? Tell them about free membership of WISE or forward this newsletter.

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