Award winning STEM Education providers, CREATE Education Project have chosen the Blair Project as their Diversity and Inclusion partner of choice. The partnership will see the companies collaborate on initiatives to excite under-represented young people to pursue careers in modern engineering and technology.

The Blair Project based in Manchester and CREATE will work together with industry partners to design stimulating hands on learning interventions that will have a bigger impact on getting more girls, Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and socially disadvantaged young people to pursue careers in STEM using game changing technologies. It will also connect engineering employers with the diverse pipeline of talent that they want and need.

The shortfall of engineering graduates and technicians is estimated at 59,000 annually, and this ambitious partnership will address this challenge both in the UK, and in overseas markets such as Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal where demand for CREATE’s services is growing. Headquartered in Chorley, CREATE delivers STEM activities for schools that seed innovation, and which are sponsored by companies such as Rolls-Royce, Renishaw, Bloodhound Education and Morson Makerspace.

Michelle Chatterley, Head of CREATE Education said “We want to play our part in offering opportunities to young people from all backgrounds, including internships, work experience and employment opportunities with us and our partners, to give them that important first rung on the career ladder.

Working in partnership with other change agents like the Blair Project will undoubtedly help to accelerate the pace of change to CREATE a fairer more just world where everyone has the opportunity to shine and thrive.”

Blair Project founder and CEO Nile Henry (24) said “ This partnership is evidence of the CREATE Education Project’s genuine commitment to making engineering and technology for everyone. They know that equality, diversity and inclusion is more than just policies and practices – it’s about deeds too!.

We’re inviting other STEM organisations and employers to work with trailblazers like CREATE Education and ourselves to make diversity in engineering and technology a reality within the next ten years. Together Yes We Can!!!”