WISE is a membership organisation focused on increasing the number of women and girls in STEM careers. They know that girls can’t be what they can’t see, and have developed My Skills My Life to show girls that whatever their personality or background, there are careers in STEM which will suit them, and introduce them to women already doing those roles. The 1851 Special Award has allowed WISE to create a brand new training platform for STEM Ambassadors to support this – it includes training on unconscious bias and on how to deliver My Skills My Life successfully.
So far, they have trained nearly 300 ambassadors who are ready to go into schools once COVID restrictions allow, and have teachers lined up to take the training as well. WISE has also been working with the Department for Education to encourage girls to consider taking a Computing GCSE. They will be delivering sessions in 84 Primary schools in 2021.
WISE want to show girls that there are careers in STEM that they haven’t even heard of, and their work with all of their partners will help make that a reality.
"I really liked the ‘My Skills My Life’ section because it’s showing women that they can do whatever they want to do with their life."