Here's an insight into why STEM Exchange and STEM Experience users value a collaborative approach between industry, education and those interested in a STEM career.
“There is nothing more important to the future of the UK economy than inspiring the next generation – boys and girls and from every ethnic background - into STEM careers. Through the STEM Experience, young people have a fantastic opportunity to get a taste for a whole range of different careers, those in education get to understand the needs of industry and employers have the chance to showcase what they do – it is a simple yet innovative way to engage everyone involved in STEM.”
Paul Broadhead, Head of Community Investment & Education Outreach, Rolls-Royce plc
“We need to catch them early so to have a website which is just as easy for a seven-year-old to use as an adult is very important. The STEM Experience is creating an interactive community to provide practical ways of linking industry and education – it is a fantastic initiative.”
Claire Shuttleworth, Owner, The Hair Lounge
Peter Hampson, Deputy Headteacher, Swalwell Primary School, Gateshead said: “Pupils gain so much from the experience they have here with Nissan. They learn teamwork skills, they learn all about the possibility of careers in industry, they learn about the production process and they just really love every single second they spend here. It's really interesting for both the boys and the girls to see what's available, to find out what fantastic opportunities there are and therefore to think how they may like to plan their careers."
Gillian Doughty, HR Manager, RPC Containers (Oakham) Ltd “With an ageing workforce across manufacturing and skills shortages beginning to bite, it is vital that industry and further education collaborate to ensure we have the right skills to meet the future needs of both RPC and the wider industry – that’s why we have signed up to the STEM Exchange.”
Lauren Taylor, Owner, The Hair Lounge “STEM education is as important in a hairdressing salon as it is in other industries. Science and maths is so important, for example, when creating a new product or mixing colours before applying the solution to a customer. Through the STEM Exchange we are opening the doors to the salon for tutors and students to see for themselves a business in action – what goes on in the salon and behind-the-scenes in terms of ordering, book-keeping and management – areas you don’t get the chance to study in a college environment.”