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CH2M HILL donation aims to boost number of young women in engineering

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CH2M HILL, an employee owned infrastructure and program management company, has awarded a US$15 000 grant to the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), 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 organisations, making up a total of US$140 000 investment.

Dr. Gordon Mizner, Chief Executive of EDT, commented: “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 CH2M HILL Foundation will help us to inspire and encourage a new generation of young women to take up 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”.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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