The future belongs to the next generations – but young women are fairly underrepresented in STEM professions (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The gap already begins in academia: According to the UNESCO, only around 30% of the world’s researchers are women, with large regional differences. The World Economic Forum estimates that just 3% of students joining information and communication technology (ICT) courses across the globe are women. That improves slightly to 5% for mathematics and statistics courses. And it increases to 8% for engineering, manufacturing and construction courses.
At GF, we believe in providing equal opportunities and encourage young female talent to pursue a career in our industry. For example, by hosting them - and their male colleagues, of course - on the annual Swiss National Future Day, where they can learn more about technical jobs and roles at GF's headquarters in Schaffhausen, Biel and at other GF sites in Switzerland.
To address the gender gap and other issues such as shortage of labor, we are showcasing the opportunities that GF is offering, perhaps also managing to inspire young women to pursue STEM studies. One thing is for sure. Those who graduate or train in these areas have good chances to start a career at GF.