Carleton, CAE team up to give women students hands-on STEM skills training

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Carleton University is partnering with tech firm CAE to offer students enhanced co-op placements, internships and hands-on opportunities to work with advanced technologies.  

The research program will see students work on a broad variety of advanced technologies. The program offers joint research projects and fellowships as well as training on CAE software and equipment.

CAE’s vice-president France Hébert says the company is “proud to build on a longstanding collaborative relationship between CAE and Carleton University,’’ to work towards “enhanced learning, education, training and research collaborations on key technological, environmental and societal themes.”

“As the pandemic has disrupted how we work and collaborate, we are ready to work on the next generation of solutions around these themes, which will be even more important in a post-pandemic world,” said Hébert. 

The partnership is aimed at increasing diversity in the tech sector, with a focus on boosting the number of women in STEM programs. CAE already sponsors Carleton’s new Women in Engineering and Information Technology program.

The new collaboration is the university's latest effort to close the STEM gender gap by giving female students an opportunity to showcase their skills.

A 2020 report from HR software company Humi said women comprised just 30 per cent of Canada’s tech workforce. While total female enrolment in Carleton’s engineering and information technology programs has risen 34 per cent over the last five years, less than one quarter of the 6,400 students in those programs are women.