A Midlands based IT Support company has been supporting several Birmingham schools in promoting careers to girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Microsoft Gold Partner ACUTEC has been working with the Ahead Partnership charity to promote positive female role models to young girls across Birmingham through the Make the Grade partnership. Make the Grade creates links between businesses and schools to help young people have the skills they need to enter the working world. Students benefit from building their confidence and aspirations, while business volunteers gain skills in leadership, communication and problem-solving.
Amy Staniszewski, Digital Marketing Specialist at ACUTEC, joined the Ahead Partnership for a STEM for Girls day at the Signing Tree Conference Centre in Birmingham. Amy’s focus for the day was to speak to students about her technology role in digital marketing, providing 4 interactive workshops, as well as sitting on a panel for a questions and answers session. The workshops involved 4 different product launches and encouraged the students to use their imagination and own experiences to create digital marketing campaigns.
‘STEM careers need creativity, it’s at the heart of them and that’s what I wanted to get across today by discussing my role,’ Amy commented. ‘Programmes like Make the Grade are so important for young girls. I didn’t know that my role existed when I was 14, and neither did most of the girls I met with today. It’s so important to be able to promote creative technology roles to young women and give them the confidence to pursue them.’
Amy’s role is technology based with her managing ACUTEC’s website, social media and all digital communication and content, yet the company itself is in the technology industry. ACUTEC specialise in Cloud Services, Software Development and Cyber Security, making them a perfect fit to discuss STEM careers in schools.
Chris Roche, Managing Director at ACUTEC said: ‘Being able to contribute to the Ahead Partnership’s STEM for Girls campaign is something we really care about. The technology industry is a really exciting place to be and we want to make sure that future roles are accessible to all.’