14 August 2019
The UK government has rightly identified increasing the UK population’s STEM skills as a priority and a pillar of its industrial strategy. According to the STEM Skills Indicator published, by STEM Learning in April 2018, seven in ten businesses in STEM sectors found it difficult to hire staff (2017/18), resulting in a shortfall of over 173,400 workers and an average of 10 unfilled roles per business.
With digital transformation continuing to drive business change across a range of industries, the demand for tech talent continues to increase exponentially. According to recent research, technology jobs are predicted to grow at double the rate of other occupations - around 142,000 new roles in the UK are predicted by 2023. Virgin Money employ people who are skilled in Mathematics and Technology, from crunching numbers, to analysing data. Knowledge in Technology it is at the forefront of their ambition to be a Britain’s best loved bank. Virgin Money launched their first STEMtastic event in January 2018. Designed to highlight the huge breadth of opportunities in STEM careers to young people, the events help to raise the career aspirations of participants aged 11-14 and children from every background are offered the opportunity to take part.
The third STEMtastic event took place on the 27th June 2019, in partnership with the Regional Technology Centre North, 16 National and North East employers, covering a variety of STEM industries, and the North East STEM Ambassadors Hub. This report analyses the results of the pre and post event evaluation, undertaken by EngineeringUK on the 27th June, to assess the impact of STEMtastic in changing young people’s knowledge and perceptions about careers in STEM.
For the full impact report, please click HERE