Protec, the leading supplier of Temporary Protection Materials in the UK, was pleased to be invited to “Math’s in Action” at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath, a program aimed at increasing the confidence of young women aged 15-16 to practice maths related subjects after GCSE.
The program involved business leaders hosting a variety of workshops related to their day-to-day jobs. Edit Fillingham, Protec’s Key Account Manager, was asked to participate in a reverse auction. Fillingham said “I was worried at first that the young women would find it difficult to grasp the complex concept of a reverse auction.” A reverse auction is when the roles of a buyer and seller are reversed. The workshop aimed to teach the students about profit margins and product quality. Fillingham also said “I was surprised by the students assertive approach to the task and that they grasped this complex financial task in under 20 minutes.”
The students were then tasked with “dragons-den” style pitches. Fillingham commented “The girls’ presentation skills were exceptional and there are many in this industry who could learn from them.” By the end of the day, out of 25 young women students, 95% said their confidence had risen and their desire to study A Level Maths had increased.
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