A new report commissioned by the Welsh Government and published on International Women’s Day (March 8th) seeks to find ways to encourage more girls and women in Wales to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and pursue careers in the science sector.
The report – entitled Talented Women for a Successful Wales – aims to tackle the critical shortage of women in STEM roles in Wales, and across the rest of the UK.
The 73-page report identifies the need for a sea change of attitude across society to break down existing barriers and create the skilled workforce needed to support the future economic growth of Wales. It is estimated that increasing the number of women in science across the UK could be worth £2bn to the national economy.
According to research, Wales currently has a shortfall of around 600 STEM academics which could be addressed directly by increasing the number of women in the relevant careers.