First minister shows #ThisAyrshireGirlCan

First minister shows #ThisAyrshireGirlCan

Nicola Sturgeon has backed an Ayrshire College campaign inspiring young women to take up traditionally male-dominated careers.

The ‘#ThisAyrshireGirlCan’ campaign was created by the Ayrshire College Student Association to encourage more women to think about careers in sport and STEM areas.

Sturgeon visited the college’s Kilwinning campus on International Women’s Day for the premiere of a specially created film to mark the campaign’s one year anniversary.

The DVD celebrates 22 women studying STEM courses at the college, including modern apprentices working in companies like GSK, Hyspec Engineering and Spirit Aerosystems.

Sturgeon said: “The efforts of fantastic campaigns like this one at Ayrshire College are helping to promote STEM careers to girls and women and highlight the different routes young women can take through modern apprenticeships, college and university courses.

“However, we want to go further and break down the stereotypes that have seen a career in digital technology, engineering and science as something women have traditionally been less likely to pursue than their male peers.

“#ThisAyrshireGirlCan will not only help young women see the opportunities that a STEM career can bring and give them confidence to pursue their ambitions, it will also help Scotland’s economy to be as strong as it can be – by ensuring that we are tapping into the talents of all of our people and not underusing the skills of half of our population.”

Ayrshire College organises events throughout the year to encourage young women to consider a career in traditionally male-dominated sectors.