Students had a STEMtastic Day at Virgin Money

This week we held our third STEMtastic Virgin Money event. We collaborated with some of our corporate partners along with companies from 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.

The event was held 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. The STEM Ambassador Hub brings together educators, employers and influencers who work to inspire and enable people of all ages to consider STEM subjects and jobs in the future.

Katie McNair, a pupil at Benfield School said:

I find all aspects of STEM really fascinating as I’m really interested in these subjects. For my career. I’d love to get a job in science, engineering, maths or technology and today helped me find out much, much more about how companies employ STEM in their day-to-day activities.

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.

Ross Thomas, Head of PE at North Durham Academy said:

The STEM event is a wonderful way to expand the horizons of our children and allow them to experience the options that are out there in STEM without a classroom in sight. It’s great that a business like Virgin Money is interested in facilitate this event alongside so many willing North East businesses.

James McGlynn, Chief Information Officer at Virgin Money said:

We are once again delighted to host the STEM event here at Virgin Money. This fascinating event for school children in the region showcases how companies bring STEM to life in their day to day activities. I hope the children were encouraged by the various workshops which brought to life how the application of science, technology, engineering and math’s can make a difference in the world and to their potential career path.

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 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 STEMtastic Day, check what people are saying on twitter.