Ormiston Park Academy hosts inspiring careers event for Year 9 & 10 girls
ORMISTON Park Academy (OPA) in Aveley has teamed up with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a social enterprise which campaigns for better gender balance in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) sectors, to deliver a workshop for Year 9 and 10 female students to discuss qualifications and career routes into STEM-related industries.
The session, called “People Like Me”, was aimed at female students who have demonstrated excellent progress or attainment in science and are thinking about pursuing A-level science courses, or would consider a career in a STEM-related subject.
The session, organised by teachers Silver Chan and Sarah Thacker, was delivered by a number of female representatives from local and national organisations, such as Emma, a civil engineer from Cremer UK; Fay, an events organiser from WISE; and sports science students Kenny and Deanna from the University of East London, who all kindly gave up their time to speak to the students.
This session is part of a wider programme of careers development and advice the academy provides to all of its students on a regular basis, which includes a recent STEM workshop aimed at both OPA boys and girls from Years 7, 8, and 9 delivered by Smallpiece Trust, a charity which aims to promote engineering careers to young people.
Sarah Thacker, Curriculum Leader for Science, said:
“We are very excited and honoured to have collaborated with WISE to deliver this session for our female students – all of our guest speakers were so inspiring. Providing careers advice is such an important part of what we do at OPA and I hope all of our female students from this session feel more empowered than ever before to follow their dreams.”