Girls Compete in Network Rail STEM Competition
Network Rail hosted a "Could it be you?" scheme encouraging girls into STEM careers.
The event welcomed 90 girls between the ages of 16 and 18, who were asked to undergo a series of assessments including building mobile applications, matching IT roles to job description, exhibiting team work and pitching their application ideas.
The girls were given the opportunity to talk to IT people in different roles across the Network Rail organisation and ask any questions they may have about their job roles and career paths and how they got to where they are now.
The winners of the "Could it be you?" competition will receive a two week work placement at Network Rail's IT department and the first year of their university fees paid for.
The competition was set up by Susan Cooklin, who was recently promoted from Network Rail's CIO to its route services director. Cooklin felt there was not enough awareness of what a technology career entails.
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