PUTHRI is India’s first developmental project that seeks to create career intentionality amongst underprivileged female students, studying at corporate or government schools, between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.
It is an initiative by AVTAR Human Capital Trust (AHCT), a not for-profit public charitable organisation, headquartered in Chennai.
Bradken’s partnership with Puthri began in 2019 when we signed a five-year agreement (2020-2025) to sponsor 100 girls between grades 8 to 12 at the Government Higher Secondary School, Chettipalayam, located just 4 kilometres from our foundry and manufacturing facility in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
The purpose of the program is to assist girls in understanding their own capabilities, encourage them to stay in school and maintain their studies, and help them build meaningful relationships and developing the necessary skills to have a successful career.
STEAM Girls Moquegua has been created as an after-school program to be run at select schools in the city of Moquegua, in Southern Peru, and aims to provide enhanced learning experiences for high school aged girls in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
Infrastructure setup at the participating schools, including local educator recruitment, internet accessibility and program finalisation, is currently being completed with the program planned to start in line with the regular school year, from March 2022 - funded by Bradken and run by City Makers.
In 2021 Bradken partnered with HunterWiSE – through the University of Newcastle (UoN) - to help support future generations of female STEM professionals through their High School Outreach program.
Run over 10-12 weeks the HunterWiSE program provides female Year 8 students, from schools across the New South Wales Hunter region in Australia, the opportunity to work alongside STEM academics and student mentors from the University, and engage with industry sponsors to identify and come up with creative solutions for local community issues whilst developing their STEM skills.
Bradken was proud to sponsor Lambton High School in our first year participating in the program and hosted a group of girls, their teacher and UoN mentors for a day of learning and inspiration in the Innovation Centre at our Newcastle office.
The visit took the group on the journey of our products, from design and product development, to materials and seeing the parts in an operational setting, albeit virtually through a VR experience. The girls were also given the opportunity to engage with a few of our young female engineers and ask them questions about their experience having a career in STEM.