A comprehensive and ambitious strategy for the future of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and training in Scotland has been published for consultation outlining the Scottish Government’s future plans for the subjects and, for the first time, co-ordinates all of the work already underway to promote STEM skills across all age ranges and settings in one strategy.
Views are being sought from all those with an interest in the promotion of STEM with education providers, employers and parents in particular are being asked to consider how they think STEM skills and education could be improved and developed. The consultation document was officially launched by the Minister for Further and Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, who said: “STEM knowledge and capability doesn’t just provide significant career opportunities for individuals, it ignites a passion for learning that helps our young people to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in whatever field they choose.
“Scotland has a strong history of excellence and innovation in STEM but we cannot be complacent. Today I have set out our vision for the future but I would urge anyone with an interest to respond to this consultation. The future of STEM affects us all so please ensure your voice is heard, all ideas are welcome, the bolder the better.”
The consultation will run until January 31, 2017. The draft strategy is available at: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/stem/a-stem-education-and-training-strategy/