BD visited Notre Dame School for Girls in Plymouth and spoke about the challenges that BD and other companies face when trying to recruit female engineers. In 2015, only 9% of the engineering workforce were women and the number of young women pursuing education in physics and engineering has seen little improvement since 2012.1 The visit to Notre Dame School highlighted the many and varied careers that women can have within engineering at BD and encouraged the attendees to pursue education and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
BD worked in partnership with the Smallpeice Trust to create a day that encouraged team work and creativity, inspiring the attendees to consider a career in engineering. 10 of BD's engineering apprentices, who are all STEM ambassadors, and 60 girls attended the BD STEM day. The girls were challenged to work in teams to design and construct wind turbines, with a competition to see which team could generate the greatest amount of electricity.
The girls were also told about an electric kit car that BD Plymouth are sponsoring through Greenpower Education Trust. Vaughan Curnow from the Trust showed the girls a racing car video, once again highlighting how exciting a career in engineering can be. The girls have been set the engineering challenge to design, build and race a single seater electric racing car. They will enter a regional race event with the potential to get to an international final.