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Stem Learning: Developing Our Future

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has been around for quite some time, yet we’re still facing a crisis to meet current demands.

  • The UK suffers from a current shortfall of 173,000 skilled workers (2018)
  • Fewer students graduate in a STEM field compared to the rest of the world.
  • Businesses are struggling to recruit the right talent.
  • STEM roles are expected to double in the next ten years.

 

How do we help prepare the next generation?

Although there have recently been changes in the teaching approaches, there is still lots we can do to help prepare the next generation.

STEM in early learning is a peak opportunity. Introducing STEM early helps build life-long skills and interests because children have a natural curiosity.  Contextual learning works better with younger minds, and growing minds are stimulated by investigating and experimenting.

If we want our future generations to take advantage of this growth, we need to work with schools and help educate pupils about the fantastic opportunities of working in STEM.

Essentially, we need to get young people excited – and the best time to do that is when children are still young and intrigued.

The world is their oyster! Did you know that there are some very exciting careers in STEM? Why not help challenge the common stereotype:

  • Pyrotechnic Engineer
  • Pastry Chef
  • Gameplay engineer
  • Zoologist
  • Rollercoaster engineer
  • Food and flavour chemist
  • Astronaut

 

How tech businesses can help

As technology evolves and moves forward, it’s crucial to keep championing STEM learning to help inspire future generations.

There are many aspects of our society, such as computers, technology, critical systems and social media platforms. All are based on STEM learning and without it, the world wouldn’t be where it is today, and we will fail to progress in the future.

As the UK government plans to invest over £400 million in mathematics, digital and technical education, businesses need to invest in a sustainable pipeline of talent now.

As STEM Ambassadors, businesses can offer time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life:

  • Apprenticeships and vocational learning
  • Partnerships with schools, helping build the wider community
  • Hold talks, practical workshops and exhibitions
  • Mentoring for teachers and pupils

We’re already investing in the future, and we’re excited for what it may bring!

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