Matrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, has been working closely with WISE, a UK body committed to encouraging women and girls to take up careers in science and engineering, to develop a Northern Ireland regional hub aimed at showing girls that STEM careers are exciting, well-paid and fulfilling.
The hub features an interactive careers platform called “My Skills, My Life”, which will use a personality quiz to match students’ skills and interests to potential STEM careers, identify local companies who employ people with those skills and showcase profiles of hundreds of role models. This platform will also offer resources for teachers.
- Only 15% of people currently working in STEM careers in Northern Ireland are women. But STEM careers are well paid, interesting and in-demand.
- If we can encourage more women into STEM careers and support them to stay there, we could go a long way to solving Northern Ireland’s skills shortages.
This site promotes NI STEM role models and supporting organisations, as well as bringing together NI STEM events, resources and reports.
Matrix and WISE are looking for role models and companies to participate. A new website promoting the WISE Hub and signposting relevant organisations and events in Northern Ireland is now live. It also allows companies and individuals to register their interest in the WISE Hub. The website is named Pulsar, inspired by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the Northern Ireland astrophysicist who first discovered radio pulsars in 1967.
CLICK HERE to visit the Pulsar site