More women should get involved in science and maths careers to help break down stereotypes about females in the workplace.
That is according to employment minister Stephen Farry, who was speaking at a “Women in Leadership” conference on Thursday night.
Dr Farry addressed delegates the Ulster Bank, in Belfast’s Donegal Square East, telling them that the Province’s economy needs investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills in particular.
A copy of the address, sent to The News Letter, read: “We need to encourage much higher participation rates in STEM areas, across the board generally and for women in particular, with three males employed to every one female at present.
“We must challenge the perceptions and stereotypes around jobs and careers within STEM related industries.”
He added that, on leaving education, women typically have higher qualifications than men, but still appear to have lower overall levels of workforce participation.
“I remain concerned that women may not be fulfilling their full potential, including reaching the boardroom,” he added.