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Charity recognised for inspiring girls into science and engineering

An education charity which works to inspire young people into science and engineering careers has received a prestigious award from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Dr Gordon Mizner, CEO of the charity EDT, received the WISE Diversity Award for the charity’s work in encouraging young women into these careers at an awards ceremony in London on the 29th November.

The work that EDT undertakes fits closely with the mission of WISE (Women into Science, Engineering and Construction) to encourage young people into science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) education and related careers. EDT is the largest provider of STEM enrichment activities for UK youth. Their work- related learning schemes provide opportunities for 11-21 year olds to engage with role models in STEM industries and to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised courses. Each year, over 20,000 young people take part in EDT’s activities. More than half the students taking part in the EDT First Edition programme are girls and 40% are from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Dr Mizner said: "Engagement of young people in projects with mentors who are currently doing STEM jobs dispels many of the myths about scientists and engineers. We find that once young people have been given the opportunity to see how a real world project connects with their studies, their attitude towards the possibility of a STEM career is transformed. We are delighted that so many girls take part in EDT programmes, particularly at the younger stage of secondary school. This means that we have the opportunity to inspire them about STEM subjects before they start making the GCSE choices which will shape their future career prospects.”

 The WISE Awards, in association with Amey, are a unique annual event that recognises inspiring organisations and individuals, actively addressing the core concerns of WISE: promoting science, engineering and construction to girls and young women.

Congratulating the winners, Trudy Norris-Grey Chair of WISE said, "Our eight winners all made a significant difference to the success and contribution of technology, science, engineering and the built environment - sectors that are critical to UK's economic growth potential. We applaud their achievements. If we harness the energy and passion of everyone involved in the WISE awards as nominees, nominators, sponsors, champions and role models, we can and will make significant progress towards a vision that will benefit all stakeholders in the UK  – a tipping point of 30% of the UK STEM workforce being female.”

Mel Ewell, CEO for Amey said: "At Amey we believe it is vital to nurture and develop the workforce of tomorrow. Our commitment to this is not only evident through our apprentice and graduate programmes but also through our STEM engagement programme. Amey is extremely proud to be the headline sponsor of the 2012 WISE Awards.”