STEM at Stansted as airport woos new generation
Local girls were given a unique opportunity to meet with female engineers, pilots and other staff at London Stansted Airport at a special event to mark the 3rd United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Fifty-five girls in Years 7 to 10 from Forest Hall School in Stansted Mountfitchet, the airport’s partner school, met 15 women working in STEM-related roles at the airport.
The interactive event was held at the Aerozone – Stansted Airport’s dedicated education facility – on the day created to celebrate women who work in scientific fields and inspire more young women to consider a future in science and maths.
The team included an easyJet captain, a Fed Ex operations manager, and colleagues from across security, finance, IT, engineering and more departments at the airport.
Each colleague hosted a table and groups of students rotated around the room to ask questions and find out more about the colleague’s job and how they got there.
2018 was the Year of Engineering, a national campaign to show young people from diverse backgrounds the vast opportunities engineering offers to shape the world around them, and the different routes they can take into engineering careers.
The campaign was supported by Nusrat Ghani MP, Minister for Engineering who sent a video message of support for the students attending the event. She said: “It’s fantastic to see London Stansted Airport’s Aerozone give girls the chance to see first-hand the incredible range of opportunities available to them if they choose to follow a career in STEM.
“The aviation industry needs more girls to embrace these fantastic opportunities, which is why it’s so important for them to meet with the kind of inspiring female role models that are here today, and to really understand the rewarding careers that they could follow.
“By encouraging people from all backgrounds to realise: ‘I could do that, that could be me,’ we can nurture a diverse workforce where people’s unique skills and backgrounds are recognised and rewarded, ensuring Britain continues to lead the way in aviation technology and engineering.”
Marcella M’Rabety, head of Corporate Social Responsibility at London Stansted, added: “We believe that it is important to use our resources to break down some of the barriers facing young women and share the expertise of our on-site colleagues.
“We wanted to welcome young ladies from the local community, who might be trying to decide on future career paths, to hear from female colleagues in various roles in and around the airport and to be inspired to pursue their goals or research new career ideas.”