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People Like Me Digital Festival Date: Thursday 27th April 2017 Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm Venue: FDM Group, No1 Whitehall Riverside, Leeds, LS1 4BN Contact: [email protected] Cost: Free Event Type: Workshop Organiser: WISE WISE in collaboration with the Leeds Digital Festival will be running an event for girls and mums in Leeds. The girls and mums will have the opportunity to meet role models already working in the Technology sector. We hope the girls will be inspired and enthused to learn about the vast number of opportunities available in Technology. Ask the role models anything you like (within reason!) and find out what they love about their careers and what they studied to get there. WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). WISE members inspire girls to choose maths, physics and computing. WISE members attract, retain, develop and progress female talent in their companies. Our mission – gender parity in the UK’s scientific, technology and engineering workforce – from classroom to boardroom. People Like Me is a ground-breaking resource for teachers, STEM ambassadors, careers advisors and others working with young people to show girls that people just like them are happy and successful working in science, technology or engineering. STEM sectors are currently experiencing a severe skills shortage, with an estimated shortfall of 69,000 qualified people each year. This shortage means that there is a large demand for individuals with STEM skills and great career prospects. All parents want to see their daughters happy and successful and by exploring careers within the STEM sector, People Like Me can help open you and your daughter’s eyes to all of the wonderful and varied opportunities available to them if they stick with at least one STEM subject post-16. The session will include a quiz that allows girls to find out what they like doing and they will also have the opportunity to meet role models already working in the STEM sector.

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