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Engineering the next generation of innovators

Industry leaders from the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) have joined forces with teachers to help shape the next generation of innovators.

Representatives from the STEM sector in the Thames Valley met on Tuesday at Reading College for a networking event.

Teachers from local schools, teaching staff from the college and industry professionals attended to discuss ways that they could work together to develop the curriculum.

This was the first event organised by a new partnership between Activate Learning, the organisation behind Reading College, and Stemnet Surrey Berkshire.

Debi Linton from Stemnet Surrey Berkshire said: “By bringing together those involved in teaching STEM subjects and those already working in industry, we want to ensure that young people develop the skills that employers are looking for.”

 

“This will increase the success rates of young people when it comes to securing employment and meet the skills needs of businesses in the region, which in turn has a positive impact on our local economy.”

The event included talks and an opportunity for delegates to network, share ideas and build new contacts.

Alex Warner, Director of Curriculum at Reading College, said: “We want to ensure that our learning programmes develop relevant and contemporary skills that are aligned to the latest industry requirements. We can only do that by working with industry professionals to understand their evolving needs and by getting them involved in shaping the curriculum.

“We have already made some inroads, having completed an engineering project to design and build a battery-operated car, with support from engineers at Pangbourne-based BP last year.

“Students fed back that this very practical project provided them with their ‘best maths lesson ever’, and this is exactly how we want to bring learning alive. We look forward to building on this experience by forging closer links with industry.”

Any local business working in the STEM sector who would like to get involved in working with education providers, please contact alex.warner@activatelearning.ac.uk