Initiative seeking to open doors for young women

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(Published May 2016)

A Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce initiative is giving dozens of girls an insight into traditionally maledominate industries. Supported by a number of Huntingdonshire companies including Forward Composites, Encocam and Borney, the project has delivered a series of workshops to pupils from St Peter's School with the aim of raising aspirations and awareness of non-traditional gender roles. Throughout the sessions, coined Project Inspire, the attendees are being given the opportunity to learn about the science, technology and mathematics (STEM) sectors from leading women in the fields from across the district. One of those who has delivered a number of workshops is Forward Composites" Katarzyn Makuch. She said: "It is about showing girls that are interested in these sectors that they do have the opportunity to do whatever they want, despite the industries being male-dominated."

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Katarzyna Makuch delivering Project Inspire workshop to pupils at St Peter's

As part of the project the girls have been taught employablity skills by SaraCollins and Linda Haymanm, from the chamber's women`s sector committee, as well as the skills needed for a number of careers. The pupils will also be given mock interviews by various companies involved in the project. "In delivering these workshops the girls were shown something new and they were very curious about the composites industry which is great to see as these jobs are the future and more girls should become involved in them," added Mrs Makuch.

Following the six-week project each of the girls involved will be presented with a certificate for their participation.

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