Teachers are working hard to get students interested in STEM subjects and careers, but innovative teaching is required. Through this project we are providing STEM kits for schools to use on a rotational basis to deliver workshops with support from role models. The UK Commission for Employment states that a lack of skills is making it a challenge to fill 43% of professional STEM vacancies.
This project aims to address the skills gap in STEM by encouraging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access STEM opportunities. In July 2017 Titan established its STEAM Inclusion Group to support members in the development and delivery of STEAM related activities for staff and students. With over 40 members from schools, colleges, and universities this group act as a driving force for our STEM skills and employment agenda.
The Let the STEM Begin project supports this, fulfilling all the STEAM Inclusion Group objectives and more by supporting the work of our staff and providing resources and lessons plans to support in delivering high quality motivational sessions.
The project will help to encourage students into STEM careers in which they are often underrepresented and support students to inspire young people into STEM career paths. Particularly it will help to encourage young women and students from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds into STEM careers and subjects by introducing them to role models in these areas. It is enhancing the employability skills amongst students as well as increasing their confidence to participate in STEM.
Check back here for further updates as the project develops.