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STEM STRATEGIES: TRANSFORMING PROVISION-ALIGNING PRIORITIES

Trafford, East Berkshire, Stanmore, and Riverside colleges have all refocused and sharpened their STEM offer by ensuring their provision meets with the needs of employers and recognises the changing technological and scientific landscape. 

These STEM Strategies provide an alignment between the occupational structures needed by employers with the qualifications and the curriculum offered by colleges.  Horizon scanning has been an integral part of strategy development, ensuring colleges offer courses and solutions that align with new and emerging technology areas of economic demand and growth, whilst supporting existing programmes and extending capabilities.

"The STEM in Development programme will enable us to structure our provision in cluster areas that have been validated by employer demand and labour market intelligence. It will also help us to focus on where we should invest and identify cross-curricula opportunities that we might have missed. Along with our £15 million investment in a new STEM facility, this work will ensure that the college's STEM provision will meet the needs of employers today and in the future” said Sir Bill Moorcroft, Principal of Trafford College.

"Having a STEM Strategy has enabled us to validate our engagement approach with employers and enabled us to identify where future strategic investment will need to be in STEM related disciplines. The strategy highlighted clusters which reflect the strengths, demands and needs of employers in the region. We will use the STEM strategy to shape our curriculum and identify areas for further staff development to establish new contemporary STEM provision” said Virginia Barrett, Deputy Principal, East Berkshire College

Stanmore College and Riverside College have recently published their STEM Manifestos, as an outcome of the work conducted by NEF on their STEM in Development Programmes.

Stanmore College has a vision to become a first choice provider of STEM-related education and training in the area.  In order to do this we have created a STEM Manifesto in partnership with NEF who has supported the development of our new STEM strategy. We are currently undertaking the NEF STEM Assured programme which will enable us to embed our STEM vision and focus on future developments” said College Principal, Jacqui Mace.  Please click here to view Stanmore College’s recently published STEM Manifesto.

To commence with your STEM strategy, please contact either Dr Fallyn Campbell or Dr Jo Elloway on info@thenef.org.uk or call 020 8786 3677

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