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The SEC Scholars Programme: Supporting the next generation of STEM talent

Posted on 07 September 2021 by Holly Hermance

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The SEC Scholars Programme: Supporting the next generation of STEM talent

Posted on 07 September 2021 by Holly Hermance

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Did you know that less than 10% of life science professionals come from working class and low-income backgrounds? Poverty and social background are huge barriers when progressing into university and STEM careers.

We believe in empowering the next generation of life science innovators and changing this statistic for the better, which is why earlier this year we launched a long-term partnership with In2ScienceUK, a charity focused on promoting diversity and upward mobility in the STEM sector.

In2ScienceUK’s incredible work has led to more than 2,000 students, who would statistically be less likely to enter university, progress through to higher education.We are incredibly proud to be involved in the effort and to be providing both hands-on and financial support to aid the next generation of STEM talent.

Introducing the SEC Scholars Programme

Over the next five years, we've pledged to support a minimum of 50 young people from low-income backgrounds through the SEC Scholars Programme. The programme will help to prepare the students for higher education and gain the best possible start on a career in STEM.

This annual programme will provide training and mentorships to students through workshops and seminars from key voices within the field. The programme will also help students to take on work experience placements with some of the top life science employers in the country.

The work of In2ScienceUK

To drive innovation and success within STEM education, In2ScienceUK believe it is vital to attract the brightest students regardless of background or wealth.

The programmes they have delivered in previous years have helped provide students with the experience and technical ability to kick start their career. They have also built the confidence of those who never previously saw themselves entering the STEM industry.

As a staffing company, we are committed to strengthening the pipeline of qualified professionals that the UK has to offer and recognise how some of the current entry barriers in both the life science and the wider STEM industry present a critical danger to this. SEC Life Sciences are committed to promoting social mobility to strengthen the future of the STEM industry through tackling under representation and diversifying the talent pool, and we're incredibly proud to be launching the SEC Scholars initiative to drive that commitment.

For more information on the work of In2ScienceUK, view their 2020 Impact Report here.