As part of a New Government Scheme Nissan Promise To Attract More Women Into Industry
Nissan have made a set of commitments to encourage more women to think about careers in engineering and technology fields, as part of a new UK Government-backed initiative, ‘Your Life’.
Nissan will be working alongside industry, educators and Government, to promote more science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to young people, particularly women in the UK, with a hope to attract them to the next generation of talent into the industry.
Nissan in the UK will participate in a variety of actions to actively influence how women and young girls perceive engineering careers, subject choices and vocational pathways that lead to them.
Nissan have committed to:
- Sponsoring five female A-level students at college in 2014 and 2015.
- They have ensured that 15% of candidates recruited for its industrial training placements, and 20% of candidates for its graduate programme within its R&D function are women.
- They are also committed to visiting 500 local schools in the next 18 months to promote STEM subjects and careers in engineering.
The education minister Elizabeth Truss commented: “Rising numbers of people are taking maths and physics A levels – but it is still very low. Too many teenagers, especially girls, don’t realise that maths and physics get you everywhere. They have the highest earnings and can open doors to careers in business, journalism, technology, engineering – in fact anything you can probably think of.
“That is why I’m so pleased to see some of the UK’s top businesses and organisations showing their commitment by signing the ‘Your Life’ call to action and committing to recruit more science and maths students. Together we can ensure young people have the skills they need to succeed in life and help the UK compete on a global scale.”
Vice President, Vehicle Design and Development, NTCE, Dave Moss said: “Attracting the brightest and best into Nissan is vital to maintaining the quality of our workforce but it is also important that we help young people make informed decisions when choosing their pathways through education.
“Young people truly are the future of our business and we are delighted to be making these promises that will ultimately help to open the minds of young men and young women across the UK to the possibility of a rewarding career in engineering.”