Science Oxford launches STEM World of Work programme
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire have highly-qualified and knowledge-rich economies that support a wealth of rapidly growing professional, scientific and technical businesses. However, local and national government studies reveal that employers in the region are concerned about the shortage of technical and higher level skills available locally. Our school leavers are considered unprepared for the world of work and lack opportunities for work experience. The region has a lower-than-average uptake of apprenticeships and is in the bottom-third nationally for the number of girls aged 16+ studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
To tackle these issues Science Oxford has developed a programme of opportunities to connect students from local secondary schools with STEM businesses. This programme is called the STEM World of Work and we’re inviting Oxon and Bucks schools to get involved. Through extended work placements, careers days and workplace visits, the STEM World of Work enables students to engage with STEM employers in an increasingly meaningful way throughout their secondary schooling. It increases their understanding of the sector, helps develop skills and encourages them to consider STEM careers and opportunities in their local area.
If you are a secondary school teacher interested in this programme, find out more by visiting our website.