The InnovateHer programme is delivered within schools across the North West as an after school enrichment programme. We began by delivering our innovative, informal educational programme in FACT in Liverpool City Centre. The programme was application based and we quickly established that demand for places far outstripped what we could provide; we received 90 applications for just 15 places in the first cohort in October 2016.
Since then we have delivered three more successful iterations of the academy programme in FACT. We have built a community of girls who regularly engage with us and each other. We realised that we needed to take our model into schools to enable us to reach many more girls and to remove any barriers to them attending.
The programme is an 8 week course facilitated by volunteers and industry leaders from the Digital Technology community. All tutors and volunteers are trained, DBS checked and given resource packs in order to deliver the academy in each school.
Through schools-based Academies and events, together we will:
Our academy is industry led. The content of the programme is designed in collaboration with our partners, who represent some of the largest digital employers in the north. This not only means our course content is current, but also improves the life chances of those who attend. Research shows that if young people are given the opportunity to engage with employers while they are in education it can dramatically reduce their chances of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) by 86%. And it can increase their future salaries by an average of 18%.
Girls in the UK start off with a high interest in STEM subjects, but if it isn’t nurtured, that interest falls through their teens. A recent study confirmed that we have a window in which to change this trend, when girls are between the ages of 11 and 15. Working together, we can tackle the myth that STEM subjects are only for boys, and give all girls an equal start in life.
Teacher’s opinions and guidance has a massive impact on students’ career choices, expectations and prospects. And yet, research shows almost a quarter of teachers do not feel confident in their understanding of a STEM career in general. And 29% of male teachers think STEM careers are more for boys than girls, while 16% of women feel the same. Our academy directly challenges that knowledge gap, giving teachers the opportunities to learn about the latest technologies and industry advancements alongside the range of careers available.
We are looking to work within schools across the North West region, so if you’d like to host us in your school please get in touch and we’ll send you out a pack.