March 21st 2017 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

About the event

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Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has been widely recognised as essential to ensuring Scotland’s continued success on the international stage. There is a solid foundation to build upon: Scotland’s STEM legacy includes inventions as crucial to contemporary life as the ATM and PIN, and we also stand at the cutting edge of science, contributing to a brand new branch of science; gravitational astronomy.

However, from IT and digital services to energy and advanced engineering Scotland’s STEM industries report an alarming shortage of key skills in the Scottish workforce. With the gap between supply and demand for STEM graduates set to widen there is urgent need for action; Scotland cannot thrive as a low wage, low skill economy.

The skills shortage can be most obviously linked to the uptake of STEM subjects in schools and the availability of STEM qualified teachers. To address these issues the Scottish Government has launched a consultation on their approach to delivering high quality STEM education and training. With a report on the consultation due in March 2017 attend Holyrood’s STEM Scotland event to talk about the solutions being sought and the plans being made to ensure Scotland’s vital STEM sectors are well-supplied with skilled graduates. By bringing together a variety of stakeholders from primary and secondary education, industry, and local and national government, this event will allow delegates to explore the latest education developments, share knowledge and expertise, and champion best practice.

Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from a wide range of stakeholders including:

  • Headteachers/Deputy Headteachers
  • Heads of science, technology, engineering, and maths subjects
  • Senior educators
  • Directors of Education
  • FE/HE Academics
  • Trade Associations and representative bodies
  • Industry