The British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation has signed up to support the Government’s efforts to encourage female participation in technology and engineering.

Launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne (pictured at the event), set out the Government’s ambition to encourage greater participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), especially amongst women.

Through its ‘Women in Manufacturing’ initiative, British Glass will join the national campaign called ‘Your Life’, which will be launched by government departments, civil society, private companies and educational institutions.

Dave Dalton, CEO of British Glass, said: “Our pledge announced today commits to launch a Charter in 2014, backed by some 100 livery companies of the City of London, which will see businesses take on close to 100 young female apprenticeships each year across many different professions”.

Dr Andrew Parmley, Master of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, commented: “We are delighted to have partnered with British Glass on this exciting campaign… We as Livery Companies can be at the forefront of the dynamic drive to make significant impact to redress the balance of women in STEM careers.”

The aim is to bring together the UK manufacturing and engineering community to attract, support and retain women into the sector. This will encourage diversity and increase the UK talent pool by raising the number of women in industry at all levels, and across career disciplines.

For further information, visit the campaign website at www.yourlife.org.uk