Over the last eighteen months Equate Scotland have been partnering with colleagues at the City of Glasgow College, VHTO in the Netherlands and Miguel Altuna in the Basque Country to deliver a project focused on increasing the participation of women in STEM employment, but specifically in SME (small and medium size) employment.

The majority of employers in all three of our partner countries are SMEs so it is imperative that they have as much of a stake in the gender equality mission as large or multi-national companies. To assist employers in taking meaningful action this project has created case studies, a guide to take forward outreach, culture change and inclusive recruitment and a self-assessment toolkit, available in English, Spanish and Dutch. We want this work to be make an impact, so it has been tailored with European wide experts from academia, third sector and industry.

We know from talking to small and medium size employers, that often the issue they have in taking forward bold action on gender equality is not knowing where to start or how to self-reflect on where the company is currently. As such, the project has developed an online learning tool to provide a more detailed step by step introduction to key topics on gender equality in STEM.

The online learning tool includes interactive videos from the team members, links to further reading, details of how to use the self-assessment toolkit and more.

The online tool has 15 lectures in total and includes:

  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

We have made the training accessible and inclusive to encourage maximum use, what we need now are SME employers to make use of it and make a difference to the STEM labour market.

The online tool is ideal for those who have a leadership role or have an understanding of what the company can take forward on equality and diversity, But the learning and actions are for everyone.

Increasing the number of women in STEM is good social equality sense and good business sense, we hope these resources go a long way in making women’s increased participation in STEM a reality.

Only 11% of engineers in Scotland are women, and only 23% of the technology sector is made up of women. Without diversity, we are restrained in meeting the skills demands of a growing sector and we are preventing Scotland from being globally competitive. An increase in women’s participation in STEM is worth of £170 million to Scotland’s GDP, so let’s make the investment in women to see investment in our economy.