The STEMettes Leadership Academy has successfully encouraged 71 young women aged 15-24 in South Tyneside to pursue STEM-related careers through its leadership program over the past two years.
The program’s hosting coincided with the charity’s 10th anniversary, which has helped more than 50,000 women in the UK to participate in STEM events with young women in South Tyneside joining its alumni. Through the program, young women from Jarrow School, Harton Academy, St Joseph’s Academy, Nissan, and local colleges were brought together by South Tyneside Council in partnership with Dogger Bank Wind Farm.
The event was aimed at raising the aspirations and confidence of young women across the borough and preparing them for leadership in the future. The Dogger Bank Wind Farm, supported by the Dogger Bank Community Fund, funded this program to empower youth in the North East region and to explore and excel in STEM fields, unlocking opportunities in dynamic offshore wind industry. The program received tremendous support from some of the borough’s largest employers, including Port of Tyne, A&P Tyne, Wates, and South Tyneside College.
Work placements were provided to those involved, and advice and support were offered. Involvement with the STEMettes program gave the participants a boost of confidence towards their potential and connected them with role models and peers for career guidance.
South Tyneside Council’s Councilor Jane Carter and Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO, Head of Stemette & Co-Founder Stemettes, have acknowledged and appreciated the support of the business community that made the program a success. According to Councillor Carter, the program provided young women with the knowledge, skills, and aspirations needed to become leaders and innovators in the future.
Emily Booth, a Year 11 student from St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, was one of the young women who gained valuable insights, including advice from female role models in the North East, coded new skills, and understood the job opportunities that are available to women in STEM through participation in the program.