Some of the careers within the airport community involve qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, more commonly referred to as STEM subjects.
So, when St Genevieve’s High School in Belfast decided to run a ‘Women in STEM’ event, the airport took a place to give the pupils more information about the careers at the airport which require STEM qualifications. Ten companies including the airport attended.
The age group, Year 10, was selected as these pupils are getting ready to pick their GCSE subjects and they need to ensure that their choice is the correct one for their chosen careers.
The event’s purpose was to create an awareness about females working in subjects which are not traditionally female orientated and, to that end, female representatives from the airport, Sensata and Barclays, told the pupils about their own careers within science, technology, engineering and maths.
Belfast International Airport’s Firefighter, Joanne O’Lynn said: “The event aimed to broaden the girls’ horizons and I think it did that. They were really enthusiastic and showed great interest in what I do.
“after a short presentation, groups of 10 students at a time came to us and asked about our careers. They were very interested when I told them I was a firefighter.
St Genevieve’s teacher, Orlagh Devlin was delighted with the event, saying: It was an enjoyable day and was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to find out about a wider range of career options. I’m hoping it will influence their subject choices and that they will see the advantage of studying STEM subjects.”