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Standard Chartered partners with Stemettes

on 24 Mar 2021

London, 24 March 2021: Standard Chartered Bank is delighted to confirm the start of a partnership with the Stemettes.

Stemettes is a not-for-profit organisation that was created in 2013 to ensure girls, young women, and non-binary young people know that technical fields are options for them as career choice. It is experienced in working with those from low income communities through providing engaging activities and opportunities for learning.

Futuremakers @Stemettes is part of Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, a global initiative to tackle inequality by promoting economic inclusion for young people. It will be delivered over the next 12 months and will target 16 to 25-year-old young women and non-binary young people from low-income communities in London and Liverpool. Futuremakers @Stemettes aims to improve employment related knowledge, skills and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The programmes aim to create role models in their communities and schools by giving the opportunity to girls and non-binary students 16-25 years old to obtain certification and mentoring support.  This will be delivered through a number of interactions.

  • To kick-off the partnership this month Standard Chartered role models will work with Stemettes participants as part of Easter Explore, an initiative enabling experts to share their journey in STEM, networking and providing support for STEM project work.
  • In May there will be two virtual Stemettes launch events targeting attendance from young women and non-binary young people from London and Liverpool.
  • The Student to Stemette Mentorship Programme will see a cohort of 40 young people receive four months of mentoring support, with regular online sessions. It will culminate in a graduation celebration event.
  • The Stemettes Certification Academies will see 80 young women and non-binary young people aged 16 to 25 who participate in week-long online bootcamps. Inspirational online sessions from Standard Chartered and Stemettes role models aim set the girls up for success as they complete Cyber Security or Python Programming courses. The Stemettes Certification Academies will run throughout the 12 months of the partnership and culminate in examinations and individual awards of industry-recognised qualifications.

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Co-founder and CEO of Stemettes said: “Working with Standard Chartered will open up a new wealth of opportunities to young women and non-binary young people across Liverpool and London. Together, we’re ready to equip these young people with the inspiration and skills to build promising and powerful STEM careers through mentoring support and industry-recognised certifications. With a diversity of Standard Chartered staff, we’re extending the next generation of innovators.”

Sonia Rossetti, Managing Director, Regional Head, Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Europe and Americas  at Standard Chartered said: “We recognise that we have a duty to support those around us who were struggling because of the pandemic but we need to think carefully about the opportunities we are supporting to make sure they provide a real solution, not a sticking plaster. That is why the programmes we are running in the UK with Stemettes are targeted to provide sustainable employment opportunities in areas that should see increased demand in the years to come. 

“We’re delighted to be able to work with Stemettes. This Academy will provide qualifications that will improve employment outcomes and engage more young women and non-binary people in an industry where they are profoundly underrepresented”


Notes to editors

For further information please contact:

Simon Kutner

Regional Head of Communications, Europe (Interim)

Standard Chartered Bank

Tel: +44 (0)7880 296 947


Andrew Westoby

Communications Stemette

+44 (0) 7403 780780

About Stemettes

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE created the Stemettes in 2013 to ensure girls, young women, and non-binary young people know that technical fields are for them. The Stemettes’ mission is to inspire, encourage and support young people into STEM fields with their ‘Free, Fun, Food’ ethos. As of 2021, Stemettes has changed the lives of more than 50,000 young people across the UK,

Ireland and parts of Europe.

Stemettes run more than 50 interventions each year – a mixture of intersectional cohort programmes, impactful events and inspirational content platforms. These interventions improve perceptions of STEM, raise awareness of options within STEM, grow the network these young people have across STEM and improve their self and STEM confidence.

The next steps for Stemettes lie in developing the reach and programmes they have across the country to STEM cold spot areas, extending the Stemette provision to Parents, Guardians and Teachers (who the Stemettes call Influencers) and transitioning alumnae into STEM fields.

Anyone wanting to help can donate to Stemette Futures, spread the word about Stemettes as far and wide as possible, and volunteer on a Stemettes programme. For anyone already in the industry, the best way to support would be to ensure that Stemettes doesn’t need to exist. Use your sphere of influence to be a good ally, ensure that equitable practice is employed in your workplace across hiring practices, promotion and the allocation of positions of responsibility.


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