Government’s new STEM strategy to inspire more young people

New specialist group to shape Scottish Government strategy

A new specialist group is to be set up to shape the Scottish Government’s STEM strategy.
Speaking at a conference in Edinburgh, the Higher Education, Further Education and Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville said the Scottish Government’s STEM strategy would seek to inspire more people to specialise in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects to enable them to maximise their career opportunities.
Somerville claims the strategy will outline how the numerous STEM activities, programmes and initiatives already being carried out in Scotland could be better aligned to maximise their impact.
She said: “I want to make STEM education, training and lifelong learning the very best it can be for individuals, educators, employers and the wider economy. STEM is embedded in all aspects of our lives and it will continue to transform and enhance our world.
“Our draft strategy is about helping to raise the levels of STEM skills and capability for everyone. It is also about encouraging and inspiring more people to specialise in STEM, during their education and training –  but also to return to or progress their STEM learning as adults – so they can make the most of those job, career and life opportunities.
“We need the different STEM activities, initiatives and programmes to be better aligned with one another to maximise their impact. In other words, we need a plan that makes the excellent practice that already exists in individual schools, colleges, universities and communities systemic across the whole country.
“The strategy will be dynamic and will constantly evolve to meet the challenges of the future and we will establish a reference group to provide external support and challenge to the Government during its development.
“I am pleased to say that the Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sheila Rowan, will co-chair that group with Professor Iain Hunter from the University of Strathclyde.”
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