Career Evolution: A STEM Interactive Initiative
Over the next decade, tens of thousands of exciting well paid jobs in advanced manufacturing will become available. Tens of thousands of jobs for young people, right here, in South Western Sydney. However there is a skills shortage - a gap that has been recognised by government and industry - and here’s how your school can play a vital role in bridging this gap.
Industry 4.0 is driving seismic shifts in education and the future of work. Skills gaps are widening and there is a shortage of workers entering key growth sectors, particularly within STEM based roles such manufacturers, scientists, technicians and engineers.
Latest research from Engineers Australia shows that declining rates of secondary students taking up STEM aligned subjects will have significant impacts as we transition from a resource based economy to one that is more technologically driven.
The unique combination of a high percentage of manufacturers and an aggressive growth agenda magnifies these issues for the Western Parkland City.
Funded by Federal Government and supported by Campbelltown City Council, WSBC has developed Career Evolution, a STEM initiative designed to address and bridge the skills gap through education and better connection between schools and industry within the region.
The initiative targets Year 9-12 students in the Western Parkland City that will be providing the future workforce for some of the country’s largest infrastructure developments such as the Western Sydney Airport, the Aerotropolis, Sydney Science Park and the Campbelltown Health and Education precinct.
It not only positions the future vision for the region as something for them to aspire to, but also showcases the creativity and innovation that is, for the most part, hiding right now behind countless humble factory doors throughout the Western Parkland City.
1. Inspire and inform secondary students to consider a career in STEM aligned, locally based, future facing industries such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defence
2. Showcase the creativity, innovation and opportunity located on their doorstep that will provide skilled, well paid and sustainable jobs well into the future
3. Demonstrate the practical and cognitive real-world use of STEM
4. Expand the industry networks for students, schools, career advisors and parents in the local area
5. Assist students and careers advisors to better understand the relevant career paths available to them
6. Provide industry with an opportunity to invest in the future workforce of Campbelltown and the Western Parkland City
Commencing in June 2021, this program will be delivered virtually to the classroom with 1 lesson per week, over a 3 week period. All lessons will be hosted by Dr Jordan Nguyen.
Dr Nguyen is one of Australia’s most innovative engineers, designing a mind controlled wheelchair at just 21 years of age. Dr Nguyen continues to lead in innovative design thinking with a focus on design for humanity. Born and educated in Western Sydney, Dr Nguyen is young, relatable and passionate about STEM education.
Lesson 1: 10.00am, Thursday 3rd June 2021
Virtual Tours of Manufacturing Facilities (45 mins)
The virtual tours will feature:
Lesson 2: 10.00am, Thursday 10th June 2021
Live Q&A (45 mins)
A live, online Q&A session hosted by Dr Nguyen with advanced manufacturing representatives. Students will have the opportunity to ask live and pre-submitted questions as part of this professionally produced and hosted session. The teachers will be asked to work with the students to develop a list of pre-submitted questions in addition to encouraging them to ask live questions.
Lesson 3: 10.00am, Thursday 17th June 2021
Hands-On Activities (45 mins)
Aimed at bringing advanced manufacturing to life, students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on STEM activities in the classroom. These activities will be supported by the supply of materials, instructions and a virtual demonstration.
All participating employers will be actively encouraged to consider work placements including traineeships, part time and casual jobs (where age appropriate), work experience and apprenticeships.
Fitting with Existing Programs
This program is designed to deliver the highest possible impact with minimal resource investment from schools and industry, making it easy for everyone to engage.
Join The Program
Click here to register your school for this program or for further information contact your REIP Officer or:
Amanda Brisot, General Manager
Western Sydney Business Connection
M: 0421 118 441