InnovateHer goes <online>
We've launched our programme online for girls to learn from in May 2020Take me there!
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 from girls for just 15 places in the first cohort in October 2016.
Over the past few years we have built a community of teen 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 from disadvantaged and diverse communities, to remove any barriers to them attending. We have now delivered our face to face programme to over 1,000 girls across 50+ schools, working with over 75 industry mentors.
The educational programme is an 8 week or 3 day course facilitated by industry leaders and mentors from the Digital Technology community. All of our industry mentors are trained, DBS checked, and given resource packs in order to deliver the programme in each school.
From April 2020 we are providing our educational programmes online. We’re passionate about removing any barriers to access, which is why we’re providing free places to students who receive free school meals and we’re also prioritising applications from the BAME community.
We have a new partnership with the Princes Trust to help provide devices to those households without internet access. Find out more on our new online portal here.
Through our educational programmes, we will:
Dramatically improve life chances
Our programmes are 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%.
Give all pupils the same opportunity
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 13 and 16. Working together, we can tackle the myth that STEM subjects are only for boys, and give all girls an equal start in life. We are passionate about reaching girls from all backgrounds and identities, which is why we work with some of the most disadvantaged communities in the North West and prioritise applications from minority groups.
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 programme 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 fill in this expression of interest form.
You can also support a girl to have a place on our online programme, by visiting our online portal.