Skills for STEM event inspires the young

A two-day event to inspire young people’s interest in a science, technology, engineering or maths-based career took place in Bradford recently.

The event – Skills for STEM – welcomed more than one hundred 14-16 year olds through the doors, each able to have a go at practical activities to help them understand the skills and techniques used in business, and the potential opportunities each industry sector can offer.

Workshops were delivered by four different organisations. Incommunities introduced students to basic electrical, plumbing and joinery skills; Leeds College of Building used simple materials to produce a small electromagnet; City Training Services tasked students with testing their lung function and checking peak flow readings; University of Bradford helped students explore molecules we get from bees to make lip balm, and demonstrated valuable programming skills to build and program a robotic vehicle. Exhibitors Askham Bryan College spoke about careers in animal management. Careers advisers from Prospects were also on hand to advise on career opportunities.

The event was a follow-on to the Bradford Skills Show Experience in July and is part of a nationwide programme of over 220 events throughout the year.

Paul Mackie, Bradford Chamber President and Chair of E3 Bradford said: “I am thrilled that the E3 team was involved in another event that seeks to proactively tackle Bradford’s skills gaps, particularly in the highly skilled STEM based sectors.  A recent British Chambers of Commerce survey showed that young people need more support to make the transition from education to work. The survey suggested that stronger links must be formed between educators (schools, colleges and universities) and business to better prepare young people for work. More than three-quarters (88%) of businesses think school leavers are unprepared for the workplace, while over half (54%) think graduates are not work ready.  This is exactly the type of event needed to bring those figures down. It’s a great example that we can all achieve – education providers, businesses and young people – when we work collaboratively to address these problems.”

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Written on 17th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Employment, Manufacturing, News