In the highly competitive education and training market, it is important to stand out. Launched by in 2010, STEM Assured is the ONLY standard that provides independent, industry-backed validation of the quality of an institution’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics provision. It is an outcome based standard that provides a powerful catalyst for helping educational institutions forge new partnerships and create new revenue stream opportunities.
To achieve the STEM Assured status, education providers (schools, colleges, universities) are assessed against a robust framework that benchmarks their capability to design and deliver STEM courses that keep pace with emerging technology and the evolving needs of employers.
By achieving the STEM Assured status, an institution can demonstrate that:
STEM Assured status last three years. The STEM Foundation reviews progress with each STEM Assured institution annually, monitoring and supporting its process of continual improvement.
STEM Assured was covered in the prestigious Science in Parliament journal. Click here to read the article.
STEM Assured is a crucial differentiator and a powerful recruitment and marketing tool for educational establishments, ensuring that the curriculum stays fresh and students are attracted to the vibrancy of the courses on offer.
STEM Assured is suitable for a range of institutions including schools, further and higher education providers and academies.
STEM Assured can also be used by a city or a region to ensure their educational offering is of high value and differentiated. Using STEM Assured can help organisations such as city councils, LEPs and Chambers of Commerce to take a more strategic and coordinated approach to education, thus ensuring their STEM offerings fully meet with the regional economic priorities.
STEM Assured is acknowledged by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the National Apprenticeship Service and the UK Commission on Employment and Skills.
The standard has been developed to assure the quality of an integrated approach to training, learning and development within STEM areas which captures and responds to the needs of local and national employers. To add value whilst maintaining the high level of the standard, the assessment is undertaken in multiple stages.
You complete a self-assessment that analyses your STEM provision against the criteria and producing actions for continuous improvement. You will be supported in this by one of our STEM team.
The self-assessment will be followed by a visit by a panel of advisors who will validate the evidence and make a recommendation on whether or not you have met the required standard. The Panel visit will be supplemented by a series of interviews undertaken with staff from all areas and levels of responsibility. The Panel will also interview a sample of STEM students from different disciplines and who are at different levels of their studies.
We will produce a report capturing observations of the visit and supporting evidence. It will include constructive feedback designed to support your continuous development.
An external independent validation panel drawn from our Industry Educational Board and from members of our Innovation Council will be review the final submission and provide the final feedback and judgement on the STEM Assured status.
Assuming that you are successful, you will receive the STEM Assured Award. The award is valid for three years and will be supported by an on-going relationship with NEF.
As a recognised STEM Assured organisation, your students, employer contacts and other stakeholders will be assured of your thriving capacity to deliver STEM based education and training which meets their needs and expectations.
“The fact that a college is STEM Assured is very important to Siemens, as it shows capability and knowledge in latest STEM techniques and technologies.”
Mark Armstrong, General Manager, Siemens, ETC
“We need providers and learners that can invent the future with us. STEM Assured delivers on that, and the associated NEF Intelligent College Network enables us as employers to bring together an aggregated view of how educational providers can respond to our needs.”
Mike Pilbeam, Director, EMC2
“NEF are in step with industry needs, they take a progressive and modern approach to innovation and their focus on Vocational educational opportunities is an example for other similar organisations. STEM Assured delivers on what industry needs to progress and grow. We are interested in developing relationships with colleges that are STEM Assured, as it gives that level of confidence and standard.”
David Drury, Chancellor, EDF Energy, Campus
“National Grid considers collaboration between industry and FE as critical to securing our future engineering workforce. In terms of the skill set at technician level, it’s a priority for National Grid as around 65% of our future engineering resource needs are at level 3 – 5. We seek the right balance between vocational experience and academic study to enable successful completion of our programmes, which lead to ‘Professional Technicians’ status and beyond….NEF is a fundamental enabler in terms of bringing FE & Industry together, through such programmes as STEM Assured, to ensure a sustainable workforce for the UK economy.”
Tony Moloney, Manager, Business Capability & Skills, Global LTC, National Grid