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Starting Out – Working to ensure women and girls have the opportunity to achieve their full potential within STEM fields

Who we are

The Starting Out group leads the council’s work on inspiring young women to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) as a career choice, and in supporting businesses of all sizes to make positive changes to ensure breadth and diversity in their workplace talent.  

To raise the aspirations of women and girls to consider traditionally under-represented jobs in STEM, all businesses have an opportunity to ensure women are well represented and show the next generation of female STEM talent that there is an open door to success.   

Chaired by Nikki Yates, Senior Vice President Mid-Size & Cluster Markets at GSK,  the group launched two toolkits in 2018 which offer practical tools, template documents and evaluation metrics for large and small STEM business owners to make a positive difference for the recruitment, progression and retention of their female talent. These toolkits have been tested by large companies and offer best practice to the entire sector.

Download your toolkit on using gender diversity as a growth accelerator for your STEM business: Balance the System here.

Download your toolkit on inspiring young people in STEM and sharing best practice across your supply chain: Inspiring the next generation here.

Nikki Yates

Nikki Yates, Chair of the Starting Out Action Group

Rick Lee

Rick Lee, Willmott Dixon

Deirdre Michie

Deirdre Mitchie, CEO Oil and Gas UK

Helen Lamprell

Helen Lamprell, External Affairs Director & General Counsel Vodafone

John Whelan

John Whelan, BAE Systems

Making adjustments to your recruitment process can help increase the % of female hires.

Implementing career development planning can increase the % of women promoted to senior roles.

Developing a flexible support framework, and an inclusive workplace culture can decrease the % of women who drop out mid-career.

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