Science Technology Engineering & Maths (STEM) Skills


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Why are STEM skills important?

There is currently a shortage of these skills in the UK with many of our Devon employers having to recruit further afield as a result. The Government is acutely aware of the need to encourage our young people’s interest and study in these skills for the benefit of the future economy. Employers that have STEM expertise within their organisations are being actively encouraged to share their passion for these subjects with young people to raise their aspirations and promote future career opportunities.


The facts

Six out of ten employers are having difficulty recruiting STEM-skilled individuals.

  • 40 per cent of employers across all sectors need STEM-skilled people to design and innovate new products and services.
  • Nine out of ten firms employ STEM-skilled people – including highly numerate and analytical STEM-skilled people for financial positions in their companies.

(Statistics source CBI Education & Skills 2008)


How to get involved

Can you offer one day a year of your time? Find out how to become a STEM ambassador.

The Employment & Skills Board has established a local Task Group featuring representatives for both pre and post 16 STEM-related activities in schools, local employer champions: Actavis, Babcock Marine, TDK Lambda and Beran Instruments. The Education Business Partnership, Petroc, and the Institute of Engineering and Technology are all on this steering group. Our aim is to better link up and raise awareness of local STEM opportunities for employers and the education sector. To get in touch with this group email Lisa Hutchings

EBP deliver the STEMNET contract locally and specialise in pre-16 activities including the Big Bang South West For further information contact Samantha Ansell, EBP’s STEM Manager: 01392 215 501 ext. 257

Petroc is the South West lead, hosting a variety of STEM-related support from a variety of partners, particularly for post-16 activities. Contact Cerian Ayres, Head of Quality, CPD &Teacher Education and all things STEM: 01271 852 412

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The Big Bang!

The Big Bang @ GTS on the 17th December 2015 was a huge success with over 600 children, 25 employers and 43 STEM Ambassadors.

Below is the  Big Bang video created by GTS – Take a look!



Further information:

Employer Engagement in STEM Learning
This report is from the South West Observatory – published May 2012
National Information: For more detailed information about STEM, the networks, resources and the National vision visit STEMNET


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