The STEM Charter was launched
on 4 June and already 38 companies have signed up:
Alexander Mann Solutions
Belfast Met College
CITB Construction Skills NI
Craigavon Ind. Development Organisation
Engineering Training Council (NI)
Heron Bros Ltd - read more
Letterkenny Inst. of Technology
Magellan Aerospace Ltd
McAvoy Corry Ltd
Michelin Tyre PLC
Northern Regional College
Queen's University Belfast
School Employer Connections
Terex GB Ltd
University of Ulster
Women's Resource & Dev Agency
Following the successful launch of the STEM Charter, the Commission convened a STEM Employers Equality Network. The aim of the network is to bring employers together to discuss common employment issues, share good practice in respect of the recruitment and retention of females in their workforce and identify challenges to the promotion of equality of opportunity for women in STEM industries.
Participation in Networks can help you gain knowledge on specific initiatives to improve equality practice within the workplace and realise positive outcomes for employees. The Network events are open to new and existing members - we hope that you can participate and help to inform our work to promote gender equality and diversity in STEM industries in NI.
Join up now
If you are interested in joining the network contact Donna Heaney on 02890 500558 or email email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you and working together to promote gender balance in the Northern Ireland STEM workforce.
The first meetings of the STEM Employers Equality Network were held in Belfast in September 2014 and February 2015. This was followed by an event June with guest speakers from the Ulster Bank and Women in Business discussing internal and external networks. A further STEM Network meeting was held in September 2015 at Malone House, Belfast, where Joe McCarron from the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion gave a presentation on Unconscious Bias and a conference on addressing the gender gap in STEM industries was held in November 2015.
The first North West STEM Employers Equality Network was held in April 2015 in the City Hotel, Derry. The event was very well attended with 32 participants contributing to the discussion. Maria McGilloway, Strategic Policy and Legal Manager, University of Ulster gave a talk to the group on the University’s Athena Swan Initiative. Four organisations signed up to the STEM Charter at the event. Another meeting was held in October 2015 in the White Horse Hotel, L/Derry and further STEM Network meetings are scheduled. (see below)
Southern Area network - New!
A new Southern Area STEM Employers Equality Network has just been established and will hold it's first meeting on Thursday 13 October 2016, 10am-1pm at ‘The Mission Zero Lounge’, Interface Europe Ltd, Silverwood Industrial Area, Craigavon. We would encourage STEM employers in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon areas to join up and attend.
The Equality Commission has established a Southern Area STEM Employers Equality Network for the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon areas and will hold its first meeting next month:
Date: Thursday 13 October, 10am-1pm
Topic: Unconscious Bias
Location: 'The Mission Lounge', Interface Europe Ltd, Silverwood Industrial Area, Craigavon
Alaba Okuyiga, Training & Consultancy Manager - Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion
Alaba has almost 15 years public and commercial grounding in diversity & inclusion as a training consultant. He brings a varied work background as a college lecturer, NHS Foundation Trust non Exec Director, Home Secretary’s representative on a Police Authority and older adult psychology care specialist.
Topics for the event will include:
the nature of unconscious bias
the impact of unconscious bias on gender diversity and inclusion
action planning for a more inclusive workplace
If you would like to attend a network event please send your name, organisation, telephone and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 02890 500560.