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 From Girls in STEM to Women in Engineering POSTED BY SAM BIGGS, APRIL 2016 

 
 
 
 

Mars Chocolate UK and Slough Aspire inspire the next generation of female engineers 

 
Mars Chocolate UK and Slough Aspire joined forces for National Apprenticeship Week to help inspire young women from across Slough to pursue STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) beyond GCSE level. 
 
The half-day seminar saw 47 students learn about apprenticeship and graduate opportunities at Mars Chocolate UK. 
 
The Mars team who attended the session showcased the engineering expertise that goes into a bar of GALAXY® to create the great taste of one of Britain’s favourite bars and the day concluded with a “Drop the Egg” practical exercise where the students split into teams to try and build a structure around an egg to prevent it from breaking. 
 
47 girls between the ages of 14-19 from Slough & Eton School, Westgate School, and East Berkshire College Windsor and Langley campuses attended the event.  
 
Becky Shering, a graduate Mechanical Engineer at Mars Chocolate UK, said: 
“It was a privilege to talk to the young girls from Slough about STEM opportunities available. I’ve been lucky enough to get a great start as a graduate mechanical engineer at Mars and I hope I’ve been able to inspire some of the girls here today to join the next generation of female engineers.” 
 
Becky Shering, a graduate Mechanical Engineer at Mars Chocolate UK, said: 
“It was a privilege to talk to the young girls from Slough about STEM opportunities available. I’ve been lucky enough to get a great start as a graduate mechanical engineer at Mars and I hope I’ve been able to inspire some of the girls here today to join the next generation of female engineers.” 
 
Karen Green, Business Network Careers Officer at Westgate School said: 
“Working with Mars at The Aspire Centre was extremely helpful in supporting the careers information and guidance at the Westgate. The shortage of female applicants for STEM-based careers is a real worry for the future and the girls from year 10, 11 and 12 really enjoyed the tasks and learning more about engineering careers. 
 
“It was great for them to talk to Mars Associates who work in engineering and I’m grateful for the job Mars does in our community to support the curriculum and careers agenda.” 
 
Fiona Jones, Chief Executive at Slough Aspire said: 
“Inspiring girls and young women about STEM careers is a key theme for Slough Aspire so we were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Mars Chocolate UK to create this event to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.”