Lancashire throws the spotlight on STEM

Lancashire teachers have been immersed into the latest thinking regarding embedding career related learning into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. 

Held at Myerscough College on the 28th of November, 20 teachers heard from STEM organisations about the benefits of relating these subjects to actual jobs and careers opportunities. 

Organised by Inspira and the Lancashire Skills Hub, STEM Learning, STEMFirst and Future U delivered inspiring sessions to showcase their range of products and the support which is available to schools. 

Helen Heggie from STEMFirst talked about their STEM Ambassadors and the valuable work they do educating students and teachers. Spanning Cumbria and Lancashire, the organisation manages the STEM Ambassador Hub which is funded by STEMLearning. They have over 2000 volunteers who complete 37,000 hours yearly. 

Mr Conlon, Business Development Manager for Preston-based Conlon Construction said: “I would encourage other Lancashire businesses to get involved and help inspire our young people – it is a great way to boost links with your local community, raise the profile of your business to your future talent pool, but also make a difference to the lives and aspirations of our young people.” 

Future U, a collaboration between universities, colleges, schools and businesses, talked about the importance of professional development opportunities to help equip young people with the necessary skills they need to enter employment. While Sarah Connon from Stem Learning Partnerships Lancashire discussed the range of resources and toolkits available to education and to help STEM Ambassadors. 

Kay Vaughan, Careers Hub Lead for Inspira said “The support showcased at this event provides a real boost to the extensive careers programmes that schools and colleges in Lancashire already offer. These organisations can help more students experience first-hand how exciting and dynamic a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths can be.” 

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