As an organisation with flexible working and family-friendly policies, The Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO)’s ‘returners to STEM’ programme is an initiative it is particularly proud of. As the applications portal reopens for 2023, we hear from people who have already taken up the opportunity to take a first step back on the STEM career ladder after a break.
The IPO has recently been proud to achieve the British Dyslexia Association SMART award, in recognition of good practice when supporting the needs of dyslexic and neuro-diverse individuals. Here we take a look at how colleagues with dyslexia are able to contribute positively to life and work at the IPO through their 'different way of thinking'.
Next in our 'Meet the Board' series, we speak to Penny Phillpotts, Director of People and Place at the IPO. We discuss where her career started, her experience since joining the IPO last year and her priorities for the future.
Patent examiners are the technical experts who examine inventions coming into the IPO and apply IP law to see if a patent can be granted. Some of our female patent examiners tell us about their STEM route to a successful career.
The IPO has been collaborating with Code First Girls on a series of Mass Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These courses gave an insight into some of the STEM career paths at the IPO and how people of all ages and genders can enter the field.
Most science-minded 16-21 years olds want to train as a vet, a doctor, a dentist or a teacher - job titles they are most likely to recognise through encountering them in everyday life. Hear how skills needed for these highly visible scientific professions have paved the way for some of IPO's Patent Examiners to achieve the roles they're in today.
On International Women’s Day, we talk to Hazel Thorpe, Senior Patent Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office and Wales STEM Woman of the Year, about redressing the gender balance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Want to know what an apprenticeship at the IPO is like? Two IT apprentices share their experiences as well as providing details on our latest apprenticeship vacancies.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is an awesome place to work - no wonder you’re thinking of applying here.