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New resource to lift STEM skills

The release today of a new index of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programs being run across the country provides an important resource for schools with a focus on improving students STEM skills before they enter the workforce.

The STEM Programme Index 2016, was released by the Office of the Chief Scientist in conjunction with the Australian Industry Group. It documents over 250 programs including in-class, after school, holiday, residential and online activities. There is also a significant section devoted to industry participation in these programs.

Australian Industry Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said: “Without STEM related skills we will not be able to build the competitive economy of the future.  Having a pipeline of STEM skills for the workforce is crucial. Business continues to play a leading role in lifting the STEM standards of school leavers and this new index reflects industry involvement and commitment.

“We were pleased to work in partnership with the Office of the Chief Scientist to produce this resource for the benefit of all parties interested in the STEM skills agenda. The challenge for us is to ensure that this significant level of activity translates into sustained school–industry participation that ultimately leads to an expanded STEM-qualified workforce. During this year we will be working closely with schools and industry in a series of pilot arrangements to establish sustainable partnerships to achieve this goal,” Mr Willox said.

 

 Index: http://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/SPI2016_release.pdf

 

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