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?
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 program provides students in years 5 to 8 in regional areas with age appropriate STEM skills and pathways to STEM jobs. In 2018, RDA Southern Inland, RDA Hunter and RDA Central West piloted the program. In 2019, the program has been expanded to RDA Riverina and RDA Mid North Coast.
In 2019, we will continue our partnership with Crookwell High School, its feeder schools and the Renewable Energy sector, whilst expanding to Mulwaree High School and its feeder schools.
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. It introduces primary and secondary students in Crookwell and Goulburn to STEM opportunities in this booming Renewable Energy sector in the Southern Inland.
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.
Stayed tuned for more information on the 2019 program!
Or watch the video below for an overview of the how the project was run in each region.
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.