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Serco STEM workshop gives female students chance to experience cyber security career

Serco has created a new initiative alongside BT to give female students the opportunity to try their hand at code cracking, as well as hearing from women who work in science and technology careers at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

user iconLouis Dillon
Wed, 29 May 2019
Serco STEM workshop gives female students chance to experience cyber security career
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Students from Penrhos College attended the Supporting Girls in STEM workshop on Monday, which showed them "the real-world career pathways that can come from studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects".

The full-day initiative, co-facilitated by Serco, BT and Murdoch University, combined practical exercises and demonstrations with the opportunity to meet women working in the field to discuss the realities of careers in science and technology.

“My daughter was at the stage of selecting her upper-school subjects and I asked her whether she might be interested in looking at IT pathways,” Serco ICT director Michael Penney said.

“I was surprised that the possibility of working in the field hadn’t even crossed her mind. It got me thinking about how we could help support greater diversity in STEM careers through the work we’re doing at Fiona Stanley Hospital.”

Penrhos College teacher and STEM specialist Hannah Fay said students were excited to see first-hand the type of careers that their studies in STEM could lead to.

“It’s an important initiative because it gives students the opportunity to learn about new developments in science and technology and how they are being applied in a practical setting,” Fay said.

“It’s also great for the students to hear from women who have successfully navigated careers in the field. Their stories can be a powerful teaching tool.”

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