West Lothian College addresses the STEM skills shortage

Train the Trainer - Mentoring Women in STEM Apprenticeships, a new course at West Lothian College is looking to address the STEM skills shortage and enable organisations to make a real difference in supporting and encouraging females into STEM industries.


The Train the Trainer - Mentoring Women in STEM Apprenticeships programme has been developed in partnership with Equate Scotland, with funding from Skills Development Scotland and is designed to make a positive impact on female apprentices within non-traditional roles such as motor vehicle, construction and engineering sectors.


The programme is looking to embed key skills and knowledge within the participating industries alongside providing a suitable train the trainer approach. 


Lynn Bain, Deputy Head of Workforce Development said: “As a long standing and well established MA training provider, we are fully aware of the barriers and challenges faced by female apprentices. We recognise that this accredited programme will provide invaluable training allowing workplaces to develop their knowledge and practices whilst having a structured mentoring plan for female apprentices.  We fully anticipate that organisations undertaking the programme will reap the benefits in terms of recruitment and retention of female apprentices coupled with development of their workforce.


Talat Yaqoob, Director of Equate Scotland said: "As the national expert organisation on women in STEM, we hear regularly from women in male dominated environments about how employers can take action to make cultures more inclusive. It is through the experiences of women across STEM sectors that we have developed this module; assisting employers to implement sustainable change which will positively impact the culture and attitudes within their companies. We are delighted that West Lothian College will be rolling this out to employers over the coming years and we hope that this will go some way to creating STEM sectors that attract more women apprentices".


Any interested parties should contact Lynn Bain (lbain@west-lothian.ac.uk)  for further information.

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