Girl’s Aspirations, GSK

GSK

We are a science led global healthcare company with a long and proud history of researching and developing a broad range of innovative products. We make medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products that are used by millions of people around the world, allowing them to do more, feel better and live longer.

As a healthcare company, we are committed to education and providing opportunities for young people to help them fulfil their potential.

GSK a world of opportunities

Our future relies on continuous innovation and this will be led by the next generation of scientists and engineers, including many women. Our early talent team work at a global and local level to help build relationships with local schools, colleges and universities, to raise awareness of the various career entry points available including apprenticeships, internships, graduate and post graduate programmes.

We are also working hard internally to create a culture where young people can thrive and grow, a culture that embraces new generational thinking and encourages healthy challenges.

GSK and science education

Our science education programmes designed for 8-14 year olds help young people understand the context behind what they learn at school and how it can be applied in the real world. In addition, through our challenges and activities our programmes help to promote 21st century skills (including critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, and collaboration) all of which are essential to innovative thinking and can open doors to exciting career paths.

Through our programmes and initiatives we want to:-

  • Help children aged 8-14 years develop a lifelong interest in and appreciation of science
  • Positively impact the children’s commitment to study science, technology, engineering and maths and do well at first level examinations
  • Demonstrate the breadth of career opportunities that exist within the world of science

We are committed to science education and support many science education programmes worldwide.  In the UK alone, programmes include: ‘Scientists in Sport’, a London 2012 inspired UK schools outreach programme for children aged 8-14, which uses sport as a platform to show how exciting science can be; Bodyworks, a permanent gallery at the Glasgow Science Centre which was opened in 2013, and a long standing partnership with the Science Museum in London.

GSK – at the Big Bang Fair

Following last year’s hugely successful event, the GSK Science Education team was once again delighted to be part of the UK’s largest science fair for young people – the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham.

Over 75,000 visitors had the chance to visit the GSK Science Education stand which was packed with exciting activities designed to inspire young people to think differently about science, using sport to show how exciting it can be.  We teamed up with one of our corporate partners, the McLaren Group, to deliver this.

Visitors to our stand jumped, raced, tested their strength and reaction speeds, and conducted anti-doping and materials science experiments.  They were able to attend one of our eight live shows about real world science, which focussed on the science of the human body.

Our enthusiastic team of volunteers from across our UK business staffed the event, which gave young people the opportunity to talk face to face with some of our employees currently pursuing a wide range of STEM careers.  During the fair, two of our female scientist placement students joined in a round table discussion on encouraging women into science careers with Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP.

You can find out more about our Big Bang Fair experience in this short film.

For more information about our science education programme visit www.gskscienceeducation.

 

 

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