The US Manufacturing Institute (MI) has announced a three-year partnership with Union Pacific aimed at inspiring more women and young people to pursue modern industry careers.

The US$3 million grant from Union Pacific will fund the creation of a digital STEM curriculum, a virtual 3D mapping STEM experience and a STEM micro-grant program for women, the institute said.

The MI says that it will also make use of existing programs, such as Heroes MAKE America, the STEP Women’s Initiative and its youth engagement platform.

‘There are nearly 500,000 job openings right now in manufacturing and millions more expected over the next decade and closing the gender gap is a critical part of meeting this incredible need,’ said MI executive director Carolyn Lee.

‘At Union Pacific, our goal is to double the number of women in our workforce within the next 10 years, and this partnership with the MI is a crucial step toward that goal,’ added Union Pacific VP Beth Whited.

This story uses material from the MI, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.