1851 Trust receive £100,000 from Department for Transport to deliver nationwide Girls STEM programme

On International Women’s Day 2019, the 1851 Trust is delighted to announce that our innovative Next Generation Roadshow for Girls will be touring the UK in 2019 thanks to a £100,000 grant from the Department of Transport announced today by Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani.


The funding will support the 1851 Trust’s work to bring the excitement of careers in maritime, especially those in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to girls around the UK.

The announcement comes on the day of the 2019 Next Generation Roadshow for Girls programme launch which today (Friday 08 March 2019) sees 120 girls aged 11-14, from state schools in Hampshire and Sussex, visit the 1851 Trust at the home of INEOS TEAM UK in Portsmouth for a fun, interactive day of STEM workshops.

The Next Generation Roadshow for Girls features small group sessions with female representatives from participating companies (including BAE, Airbus and Spinlock) helping the girls find out about the range of jobs available through studying STEM subjects and that these careers are interesting and achievable.  The girls will also undertake a series of practical science and technology activities (such as coding Lego and a messy science activity) as well as activities designed to develop confidence and self-belief.

The event is being held during British Science Week and on International Women’s Day at the INEOS TEAM UK Base. The 1851 Trust is the Official Charity of INEOS TEAM UK, the British Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, led by Sir Ben Ainslie who is the patron of the 1851 Trust alongside HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. The day will also include a panel discussion which features round-the-world sailors Annie Lush and Dee Caffari MBE as well as a number of female STEM professionals inc graduates and apprentices.

The Department for Transport funding will support ten more events to be held in 2019 nationwide, reaching over 1,500 young women. The funding will also support further 1851 Trust outreach activity during Maritime Safety Week and London Shipping Week.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said:

“I am determined to ensure that the great career opportunities in the maritime industry are open to everyone, no matter their gender.

“This International Women’s Day, I am delighted to support the 1851 Trust in linking up 1,500 young women with female role models and inspire them to consider a life at sea or on shore.

“Having seen the work the Trust does encouraging young people to consider maritime careers, I am confident this series of roadshows will inspire and provide plenty of food for thought about the breadth of possibilities available in the industry.”

Sir Ben Ainslie, Patron 1851 Trust & Team Principal INEOS TEAM UK, said:

“We launched the 1851 Trust in 2014 as the Official Charity of the British America’s Cup Team with the aspiration to inspire young people about the cutting edge technology and innovation behind the campaign.

“The work the Trust does to showcase STEM in such an exciting and positive light, in particular with girls, is fantastic and much needed. To now be delivering a nationwide STEM programme for the Department for Transport is testament to their high quality education offering.

“As a professional sports team, we truly hope to inspire not just the next generation of America’s Cup sailors, but engineers and innovators alike.”


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