Hands Free Computing attended STEM..a roadmap to success! This was a key event outlining the issues faced in recruiting students to take a career in STEM subjects and how best to increase the interest and uptake of these subjects in education.

Key speakers from the world of Education, Engineering and Business were there to offer their expertise in this field. It was a perfect opportunity to introduce the concept of the BEACONING Platform right within those who work in this sector and those who have direct access to our target audience.

Some great contacts were made, with valuable knowledge and ideas on how to promote BEACONING gathered. Through the use of the National STEM Centre to spread the word of BEACONING to the introduction of the Big Bang Fair to demonstrate BEACONING to students first hand. This proved to be a great insight into the plight of STEM subjects and uptake of careers and gave us some interesting ways to show BEACONING to the masses in the future.

Here is the official write up:

UK employers are increasingly struggling to find quality candidates for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) roles. Too few students are pursuing STEM subjects, and there is a huge gender divide, with women and girls actively avoiding STEM opportunities.

enei’s thought leadership conference on 28 September 2016 delivered a comprehensive overview of the issues faced by schools and employers around STEM:

  • Explaining the issues causing the shortage of quality candidates for STEM roles
  • Finding out how best to connect schools and businesses
  • Learning from leading global and national organisations about the steps they have taken to increase the STEM talent pool
  • Providing delegates with practical tools and advice to take away

The conference took delegates on a journey through the many and varied applications of STEM in the workplace, beginning with the work of the Department for International Development, investigating the importance of STEM across business sectors and education, and following a trip on HS2 ending at the South Pole with the work of the British Antarctic Survey.