As a national Engineering Consultancy in Australia Engenium believes it’s important to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths education and encourage young people to follow a career in STEM (or STEAM which includes the Arts).
We believe it’s important to encourage youth to engage and adopt STEM and STEAM learning as it has a valuable role to play in the future of Australia and the rest of the world.
While men in comparison to women still dominate qualifications in STEM the proportion of the population studying these areas has actually fallen for both men and women over the past decade.
According to Business Insider Australia the proportion of Australia’s population between 20-64 with post-school qualifications in STEM has fallen in the last decade, from 46% for men and 10% for females in 2008, to 43% for men and 9% for females in 2018.
This is a worrying statistic.
Both STEM and STEAM are important for future generations because future jobs will require problem solving skills, innovative and creative thinking and digital skills. Future generations need to learn how to think critically and flexibly in order to adapt to this rapidly changing world thanks to the advancements of technology.
To help support and encourage the adoption of STEM and STEAM learning Engenium are proud to be sponsoring Youth Express, located in the Hunter region of New South Wales.
For the second year running we will be helping Youth Express to deliver their fine work to connect youth, education providers, business and industry, and Government agencies to help build a better future for the community - which they have been doing for the past 24 years.
Every year Youth Express support over 9,000 youth, an estimated 26% of Hunter young people, through a range of programs to engage and promote these key skills. Programs include work placements for students, indigenous youth and employment outreach, outreach for youth at risk of disengaging from school, as well as school support services.
We urge other businesses located in the Hunter region who operate in these industries to do the same and get on board with Youth Express to support the excellent work they do. For more information visit their website www.youthexpress.com.au.