E&I STEM Programme

Promoting opportunities in our key sectors
17/01/2017
Colchester Construction Taster Day

The ESB’s Education and Industry STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Programme aims to support schools across the county to enhance links to key sector industry and develop young people’s understanding of the breadth of opportunities open to them locally.

Through a range of activities and sector-focused events we aim to encourage greater take-up of key sector-related qualifications in school, college and university, and greater numbers of young people progressing into employment (including Apprenticeships) in those same industry areas. Those activities and events include: Construction and Engineering-focused ‘Taster Days’, Social Care ‘Conferences’, Royal Institution Computer Science and Engineering Masterclasses, and projects such as the Bloodhound Rocket Car and Build a Rocket Competition, amongst others.

In 2017-18 the programme will be split into two distinct offers to Essex schools:

For students in years 7-9 we will publish a calendar of exciting and engaging events focusing on each of the key industry sectors in Essex, for schools to book their pupils on to. These events will be delivered predominantly by our FE and HE institutions and will inspire students to think about some of the careers highlighted throughout the events.

For students in years 10-13 we will deliver a series of sector-focused events with the input of industry, FE and HE representatives, amongst others. These aim to provide more detail about their post-16 and post-18 options and support to assist in the application process. Companies will highlight what they’re looking for from new employees, and colleges and universities will not only provide in-depth information about their courses, but also give guidance on how and when to apply.

Employers wishing to be part of activities for either year group are afforded the opportunity to meet future talent and talk to them about career opportunities with their organisation, as well as to help raise the aspirations of students generally – many of whom may not be aware of the exciting opportunities in their local area.

If you are a school or key sector company that would like to hear more about the Education and Industry STEM Programme, get in touch with us at: e&istem@essex.gov.uk

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