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 March 2017
  Be Bold for Change”, the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, inspired events up and down the country to showcase women making a difference through science, technology and engineering. WISE Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, speaking to guests at a WISE event hosted by Wales Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James AM, highlighted apprenticeships as an opportunity to get more girls and women into STEM. This was very timely as National Apprenticeship Week was also this month. On 8 March, WISE announced our collaboration with Semta and ICE to develop a toolkit for employers and training providers wanting to attract a more diverse cohort onto their higher apprenticeship programmes. Sponsored by WISE members Transport for London, HS2, EDF Energy, Babcock, Aveva and Rolls-Royce PLC, the toolkit will share examples of practical steps you can take to get more women interested in STEM apprenticeships. 

The Wales event triggered unprecedented media coverage, taking a positive message about women in STEM to a much wider audience. A huge thank you to the Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales, sponsors Network Rail, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, GE Aviation and RB, and all the role models who spoke to schoolgirls on the day. 

We are also delighted to announce that the CSO WISE Fellowship for women in healthcare science is running for a 
second year. Congratulations to Michelle Martin, one of last year’s Fellows, on her promotion to Lead Specialist, BMS Haematology and Transfusion Training. 

Read on to find out more about these and other initiatives run by WISE and our members to increase the participation of women in the UK’s scientific workforce.  

Helen Wollaston,
Chief Executive 

Welcome to our new corporate members 6point6 limited, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Roke Manor Research Limited, Swansea University, University of Reading, University of Strathclyde and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.

A big hello to all our new individual members. Find out how you can become a member here.
WISE Celebration of Talented Women in Wales 2017
(Pictured: Prof Julie Williams CBE, Julie James AM and WISE Chair Trudy Norris-Grey)
Over 200 guests joined WISE at The Senedd, to tackle head on the lack of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) in Wales.
"Congratulations for a fantastic event today. The morning was truly inspirational and there was such high energy in the room, I'm sure it will ensure the push we need in Wales to continue driving change" 
Christine Boston, Corporate Policy Lead, City of Cardiff Council
The positive buzz from the event soon outgrew The Senedd as #STEMWales lit up social media and began to trend online, reaching over 700,000 accounts and for a time became the 5th most talked about topic on the UK Twitter boards.
WISE Awards 2017 Nominations NOW OPEN!
This year for the first time all winners will receive a money-can’t-buy prize of a day’s work-shadowing with a director from one of the sponsor companies: BAM Nuttall, Goldman Sachs, Babcock, NHS England, Rolls-Royce PLC, Intel, MBDA, Aveva, Thales and AWE. Deadline for nominations is Friday 23 June. Think you deserve a WISE Award? What are you waiting for! NOMINATE NOW
Book Now! April Knowledge Sharing Event
Progressing your female talent to senior roles. April 4, Airbus Bristol
This free member only event will explore those components of the Ten Steps that can influence this final stage of the talent pipeline. Hosted by WISE members Airbus. To book tickets and for more info visit here
Flexible Working boosts productivity
DSTL discussed the experience of job share at our February knowledge sharing event, which was hosted by BAE Systems who also gave a presentation.
“The WISE KSE on Flexible Working was one of the best briefings I’ve attended on the subject. WISE brought together some very well-informed and enthused presenters with inspirational case studies" Briony Wickenden, Head of Training and Development, Civil Engineering Contractors Association Ltd
To view the presentations and read the key findings from the event visit the Member's Area here.
Women and IT Scorecard India
The ‘Women and IT Scorecard – India report‘, generated by NASSCOM in partnership with The Open University, includes information from a survey of 55 firms in India. Women make up 30% of the IT workforce in India much higher than in the UK.
Engineering UK 2017
Engineering UK 2017: State of Engineering was published in February. It provides a detailed statistical analysis of essential information about the 2017 engineering industry. The 'At a glance' gender statistics can be viewed here. Full report here
Governance at Leeds College of Building
Leeds College of Building is looking for a new Governor - The college (where WISE is located) is looking for somebody with particular experience (and skills set) in the local community and/or political experience. Interested? Find out more here
Careers in ideas

WISE Members Abel & Imray have produced a guide to career opportunities in intellectual property. Find it here

Sliips - Making the pay gap more transparent

Sliips is a free online crowdsourcing tool encouraging an honest and open discussion about pay. If we all talked about our salaries, we could fast-forward the progression of equal pay.

Apprenticeship Toolkit
At the Semta Skills Awards on International Women’s Day, WISE, Semta and ICE announced their upcoming project, the Apprenticeship Toolkit. The Toolkit is a practical resource to get more women into STEM apprenticeships or recruiting and training apprentices. The Toolkit will be going live in June. To be added to the mailing list sign up at
WISE CSO Fellowship scheme
Female healthcare scientists are invited to apply for NHS England’s prestigious WISE fellowship scheme. Led by NHS England’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dame Sue Hill (pictured centred) the scheme aims to support four healthcare scientists over 12 months through a career development programme. Deadline 19 May Apply here
Bring your daughters to work week 24 - 28 April

Have you planned any activities in April for ‘bring your daughters to work day’? This is a great opportunity to create a lasting impact and promote the work that you do. We have templates that you may find useful in helping with the planning of the day. Fill out our form here to tell us about your Bring your daughters to work day Event or support us online by sharing the campaign Thunderclap!

WISE Returners Programme
The dates for the returners programme are below: 
Birmingham: Starts 11 May 2017
Bristol: Starts 29 June 2017
London: Starts 7 September 2017
Epsom: Starts 2 November 2017
Book online here
People Like Me - Construction Pack
Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Byrne Bros, BAM Nuttall and WISE are working to produce a People Like Me in Construction Pack that will show girls career prospects and more career choice in construction. Look out for the launch in May.
RAF 5 Day Course for Girls

The Smallpeice Trust has partnered with the RAF to offer this FREE Logistics course to Year 10 girls. During the placement, you will meet and work with RAF logistics personnel as well as industry experts, drawing on their knowledge and putting your new skills into practice. Visit the event page for all the info.

Women in Rail Events

Women in Rail is organising a mentoring workshop in London on Thursday 6 April and, in collaboration with the DfT, a quiz night also in London on Thursday 11 May. This is all in addition to the fun Big Rail Diversity Challenge on Friday 9 June in Peterborough. Find out more here

Congratulations goes to..
We would like to give huge congratulations to...
WISE Members Atkins, who won the Diversity in Engineering Award, at the Semta Skills Awards. Wg Cdr Emma Keith BA RAF, on winning the Agent of Change Award at the Northern Power Women Awards and the men from WISE member companies Sky, Mott MacDonald, BAE Systems and Skanska included in the Management Today 2017 Agents of Change Power list
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