An estimated 75% of jobs in the future will require STEM skills - how can we develop a workforce that can meet this increased demand for STEM skills?
Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDA Southern Inland) 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.
RDA Southern Inland has partnered 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.
This Project sees RDAs, industry and schools working together to focus the narrative for primary and secondary students on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real world problems.
Throughout 2018, representatives from Gullen Range, Taralga and Crookwell 2 Wind Farms engaged with students during school and site visits – explaining the variety of jobs they offer, what the jobs entail and the education pathways students need to undertake to get them.
As outlined in the Optimising STEM Industry-School Partnerships: Inspiring Australia’s Next Generation Final Report, industry can help to build the enthusiasm of students, teachers and parents by providing examples of real world problems that young people can solve. Industry can contribute content and context to the principals and teachers who are developing contemporary curriculum resources.