In January this year we held our first STEMtatsic day. We collaborated with businesses across the North East to inspire and educate young people about the breadth of STEM industries. STEM, is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths. This week we were delighted to deliver our second STEMtastic day of 2018.
Over 200 children joined us in our Gosforth Office along with 14 businesses and RTC’s North East STEM Ambassadors Hub to spend the day taking part in interactive STEM activities.
Laura from Kings Priory said:
I’ve had a really good day, lots of fun. I liked the virtual reality exercise by Accenture and would definitely like to come to a STEMtastic day again. I thought it might be boring but it wasn’t and has made me think about a career in STEM in the future.
The UK is facing a shortage of skills for these industries, mainly down to a shortage of applicants with the required abilities and experience. According to the UK Commission for Employment & Skills, 43% of STEM vacancies are hard to fill. The root of this growing skills gap is education, from school through to university and workplace training. STEM outreach activities like our STEMtastic Day aim to inspire people to study relevant subjects and pursue roles in these industries.
Claire Collins teacher at Consent Academy:
STEM events like this are enrichment opportunities for the Children which is important insight into what the future can hold if they want to progress a career in STEM and having 16 companies provide activities gives the children a broad feel for STEM careers, raising their aspirations and interest.
At Virgin Money we employ people who are skilled in Mathematics and Technology, from crunching numbers, to analysing data to better understand our customers and prevent fraud, there’s a lot of Mathematics in finance. Knowledge in Technology not only enables each one of the millions of interactions with our customers each year, it is at the forefront of our ambition to be a Britain’s best loved bank.
STEMtastic events, like the one we held, allow companies to show the huge breadth of opportunities in STEM industries and we believe that giving young people these employer encounters at this formative stage in their education will help to raise career aspirations for the future, for children from every background.
For further support material check out our article Supporting Parents and Children in the STEM world.
If you want to see what went on at our STEMtatsic Day, check what people are saying on twitter.