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Women fly fighter planes and they also help make them, says BAE Systems, which visits schools and colleges around Britain to spread the word.
This year a team from BAE Systems, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy will visit a record 420 schools and 90,000 students in the largest schools programme of its kind designed specifically to appeal to girls.
The roadshow will look at the science of waves – in the form of sound, light and water.
Women engineers and role models will help those attending to understand how the physics of waves is used in the real world by aircraft and naval engineers.
“We’re committed to developing a diverse workforce and inspiring more young women into engineering,” says Anne Jenkins, head of diversity and inclusion.
A Women’s Global Virtual Forum helps women across the group meet and network though webinars, Q&A sessions and guest speakers, giving practical tips on career-boosting topics such as developing personal strengths and the power of sponsorship.
A network of STEM ambassadors works at each UK site to hold events for small groups based on themes such as building confidence and the secrets of success, as well as “brown bag lunches” – where women gather informally to discuss issues.
In addition, the company holds an all-female two-day career skills development course for women at a mid-career point. Some 60pc of the places available are given to women in engineering and programme management.
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