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Schneider Electric mentorship programme with DIT

Schneider Electric mentorship programme with DIT

Mark Keogh, VP for Partner & Industry, Schneider Electric (above right) welcomes mentoring support for female STEM students.

With only 9 percent of the UK engineering workforce female, companies like Schneider Electric are working hard to inspire and engage future generations about the career options available in the engineering industry and have now joined forces with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) on its newly launched mentorship programme for female engineering students.

This programme, named ESTeEM (Equality in Science and Technology by Engaged Engineering Mentoring) will see students paired with successful women mentors from Schneider Electric to offer guidance about career opportunities, provide support and encourage more women into the field.

Structured support for female STEM students

Leslie Shoemaker, Programme Facilitator in the DIT College of Engineering and Built Environment says “It’s important to provide that extra layer of support because there are so few women in engineering. We want young female students to know that the STEM subjects are achievable subjects. Being a woman and being an engineer is absolutely possible.”

Diversity and inclusion high on the agenda

As a recognised leader in promoting gender equality in the workplace, Schneider Electric has developed a number of initatives to enable and encourage more women to enter and be successful in the industry.

“At Schneider Electric, diversity is an integral part of our history, culture, and identity. We want to create an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are seen as real value for the company. We all know, gender diversity and equality is no more an option but a business imperative,” says Mark Keogh, VP for Partner & Industry, Schneider Electric.

ESTeEM will be offered to first-year female engineering students at DIT on a select number of courses, including the BE Engineering, the common entry point for the majority of undergraduate engineering degrees at the college.

Wide range of opportunities available

There are many great opportunities for talented and engaged women at Schneider Electric, so take a look at their current vacancies ranging from internships through to director level positions.

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