At Toyota we want to increase the number of women in STEM related positions.
Data however shows that there are simply not enough women choosing STEM careers, in fact, only 18% in Europe (*1). Looking deeper, just 26% of schoolgirls are interested in STEM subjects. Studies have shown that this can almost double when kids have a role model ! (*2)
That’s why Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has launched its Girls STEM the Future programme aimed at bringing schoolgirls in direct contact with role models – women working in our company.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The actual scope of the programme is STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Even though the programme is called Girls STEM the Future, the activities include Arts which is key for car design functions.
TME partners with JA Europe, the continent's largest education programme provider, and Inspiring Girls International, dedicated to raising young girls’ aspirations in order to reach as many schoolgirls as possible.
*1 Eurostat, 2019
*2 Microsoft and KRC Research, 2018