RDAs collaborate to help build our future STEM workforce

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RDA Hunter Chairman, John Turner, RDA Central West CEO, Julia Andrews, RDA Southern Inland CEO, Mareeca Flannery, RDA Southern Inland Project Officer, Camilla Staff and RDA Hunter CEO, Trevor John

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  • Date
    10 August 2018
  • Category
    News

Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI) is collaborating with RDA Hunter and RDA Central West to pilot a program that provides students in years 5 to 8 in each region with age appropriate STEM skills and pathways to STEM jobs.

Funded by the NSW Department of Education, the STEM Industry School Partnership Program (SISP) matches schools in each region with an industry partner and technology program.

The SISP builds on successful school/industry partnerships and workforce development initiatives that have been undertaken in the Hunter Region by RDA Hunter, who will provide a mentoring role in this project.

Industry partners are region specific and chosen for the workforce opportunities they present in each area. Representatives from each partner organisation engage with students during school visits – explaining the variety of jobs they offer, what the jobs entail and the education pathways students need to undertake to get them.

“We’re excited to be facilitating the relationships between industry and schools and excited to be working collaboratively with other RDAs in NSW,” said RDASI CEO, Mareeca Flannery.  

RDASI will partner with Crookwell High School and the Renewable Energy sector to introduce primary and secondary students in Crookwell to STEM opportunities in this booming sector in the Southern Inland.

Project Officer, Camilla Staff highlighted that an estimated 75% of jobs in the future will require STEM skills.

“That’s a huge number, so we need to start getting school students engaged in the STEM space from an early age. This means providing students with real world problems that they can solve using STEM skills and knowledge.”

“RDASI and Crookwell High School will work very closely with industry, in order to connect what is learnt in the classroom with real world applications.”

This week, RDASI CEO, Mareeca Flannery, RDASI Project Officer, Camilla Staff, Crookwell High School Principal Vero Joseph and Crookwell High School STEM Teacher, Rebecca Dark met with project partners in Newcastle to progress the project.

The pilot project will culminate in a joint showcase in Bathurst, NSW in December 2018.

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