Mathys & Squire and In2Science: fighting economic inequality through diversity and inclusion in STEM

Thu, Oct 19, 2023

According to the 2017 UK Commission for Employment and Skills Report, there is an annual shortfall of 40,000 skilled STEM workers, with the number of technical jobs expected to increase in the future.

Whilst some students receive guidance and support from their families, friends, and schools that help nurture them into this field, the barriers to entry, that poverty and social backgrounds can create, restrict many others. Founded in 2010 by Dr. Rebecca McKelvey, In2ScienceUK is a socioeconomic charity that strives to tackle this issue by providing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with exciting opportunities to gain invaluable experience of STEM careers and research.

Mathys & Squire is proud to announce that we have recently partnered with In2Science in order to support their mission and will be sponsoring two students to go through the 2024 In2STEM programme.

By boosting diversity and inclusion across STEM sectors, In2Science looks to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of science, technology, engineering, and maths-based industries whilst helping young people to obtain high earning jobs and economic stability. Data shows that STEM workers typically earn 20% more than employees in other fields do. By exposing students from low-income backgrounds to these opportunities, In2Science leads the fight against economic inequality within this sector.

In2Science allows students to work with, and learn directly from, STEM professionals and researchers, benefitting from their skills, expertise, and passion. They do so by offering work placements, information skills sessions and careers workshops, and offer access to expert advice from leading STEM professionals and researchers, including guidance on further education and beyond.

The 2024 In2STEM programme connects disadvantaged students with experienced STEM professionals from different fields. Taking place during the summer holidays, Year 12 and 13 students will be able to access in-person and online opportunities such as work placements, skills and careers workshops, and interactive events.

The In2STEM programme team will collaborate closely with the host professionals to ensure an engaging and beneficial placement that allows students of all abilities and backgrounds to explore STEM beyond the classroom, develop crucial skills, and boost their applications for further education. To round off the programme, In2Science will host celebration events to recognise the hard work and success of the students and volunteers.

At Mathys & Squire, we believe giving back to the community is incredibly important, and the mission of In2Science is one that resonates with every member of our team. Our decision to sponsor two students to take part in the programme is done with the goal to help foster the development of disadvantaged students into the innovators of the future, so that they can achieve success in their chosen field and become pioneers themselves. We are thrilled to help shape the next generation of scientists, engineers and technicians, who will stand at the forefront of innovation and research.


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Published on: 13.10.23

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