Thank you to everyone that attended our recent roundtable event ‘Gender Balance in STEM’. This event gave attendees the opportunity to connect with peers from other organisations and sectors, and share ideas, challenges and good practice around achieving gender balance in the STEM sector.
During the session, signatories completed a poll advising the main challenges for them to achieve gender balance within their organisation. The top three barriers were listed as:
- Talent Pipeline -so few women interested in applying
- Girls not studying the relevant subjects/degree not suitable
- Male dominated environment
The great news is that we are moving the dial within STEM. Looking collectively at four IT companies that joined us in the early days, Liberty IT, Allstate NI, Learning Pool and Outsource Solutions they have jointly increased their female workforce by 27% overall and by 30% specifically in senior management positions. All four companies have grown collectively by 401 employees since they joined Diversity Mark with 47% of all new hires being female, tipping the overall gender balance collectively in favour of women by 3%.
Thank you to Frank Fleming from the Equality Commission NI for his offer to help with policies, culture audits and training. Please CLICK HERE to find out more.
Attendees came away from the session with a list of over twenty practical tips, strategies and initiatives to review and implement where possible within their organisations.
If you have not yet joined Diversity Mark on your company’s Diversity and Inclusion journey please reach out to email@example.com to discuss the benefits and process.