STEMNET appeals for investment in tomorrow’s workforce18 April 2011

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET) has joined forces with representatives from a wide range of businesses to ask employers to increase resources for young people in science and engineering.

Executives from Drallim, ARM, Omega Ingredients, AstraZeneca, Jee, RWE npower, GlaxoSmithKline, Siemens and The Corporate IT Forum, are working with STEMNET in urging employers to get directly involved in tomorrow's workforce.

STEMNET chief executive Kirsten Bodley emphasises that STEM skills are crucial to the UK's economic future and that it is in the interests of companies to give time to illustrate the relevance of these subjects

"It's clear that the big growth areas in the coming decades are going to be those that require proficiency in STEM skills," says Bodley.

"Whether that's building giant wind turbines or microscopic electronic components, we will need a highly-qualified and STEM-literate workforce. However, unless STEM-reliant industries play their part we will struggle to reach the required level," she adds.

STEMNET is currently calling for companies to get involved in The Big Bang London and South East, which will take place on 22 June at the Science Museum.

It will be an inspirational event, with more than 3,000 young people from hundreds of schools expected to attend and be enthused by exciting STEM demonstrations.

Corporate sponsors will benefit from a better relationship with schools, networking opportunities and helping to meet their future skills needs.

Brian Tinham

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