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CH2M HILL Foundation provides grant to EDT to help boost numbers of young women in engineering
CH2M HILL, an employee-owned infrastructure and program management company, has awarded a $15,000 grant to the EDT (Engineering Development Trust), a UK education charity that aims to inspire and motivate young people to pursue STEM careers.
The funding, donated through the CH2M HILL Foundation, will go to support EDT’s Inspire program, which provides young women with the opportunity to spend time at universities and introduce them to STEM careers. The charity is renowned for its efforts to encourage more women into engineering, having received the 2012 WISE Diversity Award. The grant is one of three being made this year by the CH2M HILL Foundation to UK-based organizations, making up a total $140,000 investment into UK charities.
Commenting on the donation, Dr. Gordon Mizner, Chief Executive of the EDT, said: “There is no shortage of warnings about the lack of female representation in the STEM sector and this is something we are actively trying to change. This grant from the CH2M HILL Foundation will help us to inspire and encourage a new generation of young women to take up technical careers and breathe new life into the STEM sector.”
Rachel White, CH2M HILL Foundation UK Board Director, added: “CH2M HILL is delighted to be supporting the Engineering Development Trust in its work on the Inspire program and as a partner going forward. Encouraging young women into the engineering sector is vital for the future of the technical industries and something we are passionate about as a company.”
About the CH2M HILL Foundation
Focused on three areas of giving (sustainable communities; science, technology, engineering and math education; and employee engagement), the CH2M HILL Foundation supports global organizations in our operating countries that develop sustainable communities through infrastructure development and inspire the next generation of STEM talent.
Employee-owned CH2M HILL is one of the world’s leading consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management companies serving government, civil, industrial and energy clients, employing over 25,000 people worldwide. Our work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources.
For more information visit www.ch2mhillfoundation.org
About the Engineering Development Trust
The EDT (Engineering Development Trust) is an independent education charity, established in 1984. The charity runs schemes to inspire and motivate young people to choose courses and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The EDT’s range of work related learning schemes provide opportunities for 11-21 year olds to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised courses. The charity helps develop partnerships, build links between education and industry and help organizations reach talent and connect with young engineers and scientists across the UK.
For more information visit www.etrust.org.uk