More opportunities to get ‘closer to industry’
At EAL we know the importance of forging links with industry. This is what makes our qualifications relevant, fit for purpose and in demand from employers. I’m pleased to say that the opportunity for Centres to expand their own industry connections has now opened up further via The STEM Exchange.
The STEM Exchange, established by our sister organisation, Semta, brings together post-16 STEM practitioners with their local STEM employers. This is about encouraging greater contact and collaboration between education and industry for mutual benefit. Employers are opening their doors to STEM teachers and tutors and providing a real insight into the challenges they face, their current and future skills’ needs and the developments that are taking place across the industry.
Practitioners can use these findings for their own personal development, apply it to their teaching and pass it on to their learners. The result is a supply of talented young people who are equipped with the skills that industry employers are looking for and who have a better understanding of the challenges facing modern industry.
Over 1,400 employers have already signed up to The STEM Exchange and this figure is increasing on a daily basis. Whether it’s large corporates like Toyota, JCB and BAE Systems or a wide range of small specialist suppliers, they all recognise the very real benefits of a more joined up approach between education and industry.
There are currently more than 650 professional development opportunities available to STEM teachers and tutors. This could be anything from attending an internal training session, having a site visit or 1-2-1 contact with someone who can provide relevant advice and guidance on a particular subject.
All you need to do is complete the short registration form on www.stemexchange.co.uk. It’s a quick and easy process and completely free to use.
Some of these employers are also offering work experience placements via www.stemexchange.co.uk, which could be of interest to your learners. Again, they just need to complete a short registration form to search for available opportunities throughout the UK.
Ensuring education aligns with industry needs is at the heart of EAL and I would encourage all Centres to take advantage of this opportunity to get closer to industry.