Encouraging work for scientific women awarded

Joanne Sharples from Coningsby received the STEMNET Apprentice Award during an awards ceremony held in the House of Lords. EMN-150710-164727001
Joanne Sharples from Coningsby received the STEMNET Apprentice Award during an awards ceremony held in the House of Lords. EMN-150710-164727001
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A Coningsby woman has been honoured for her work encouraging young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Joanne Sharples received the STEMNET Apprentice Award at an awards ceremony In the House of Lords.

The 24-year-old BAE employee is passionate about encouraging more young women into STEM because she is concerned about the gender imbalance in many sectors.

Her efforts have helped increase the number of female engineering apprenticeships at BAE by 30 percent.

“It’s a real honour to win this award,” said Joanne.

“It shows the hard work we are doing and contributing towards STEM, and it’s great to be recognised by STEMNET for it.

“To win such a prestigious award means that the work we are doing in trying to make a difference is being recognised.”

Awards were presented in six categories by BBC Journalist Steph McGovern and STEMNET’s CEO Kirsten Bodley to winners from across the UK, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council is providing the winners with an exclusive visit to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Winners will fly to Geneva in December, where they will have the opportunity to see cutting edge science in action, as well as meet with top physicists and engineers from across the facility.