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Focus on women in science and engineering as school girls visit water works

Over 100 school girls from Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield are set to be inspired this week by women working in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the build up to this Sunday’s International Women in Engineering Day.

Yorkshire Water has organised free education sessions to show over 100 predominantly Year 6 and 7 pupils what it has to offer to female students who would like to pursue careers in areas in which women have traditionally been under-represented.

The company is supporting the 5th annual International Women in Engineering Day on the 23rdJune by hosting seven sessions at its Headingley and Edwen Education Centres to try and inspire the next generation of  skilled female engineers to enter into the water sector.

The sessions will be interactive, with pupils encouraged to question Yorkshire Water’s female employees, including some who work in operational roles, about their experiences.

The school girls will also be given a guided tour of Headingley and Edwen Water Treatment Works to discover how water is treated and how Yorkshire Water manages its customers demand for over 1.2 billion litres of drinking water each and every day.

Anne Reed, Education Manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “We want to inspire female students at primary and secondary schools to consider careers in engineering, science, technology and maths.

“We really hope that these sessions will encourage female students to think about these roles when they are beginning high school and when they choose their optional subjects a few years down the line.

“This is just one of the many activities we are doing to make Yorkshire Water accessible to all. Our aim is to be inclusive and as diverse as the community we serve.”