Careers to STEM from campaign

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
WA Premier Mark McGowan paid a visit to Newton Moore Senior High School on Friday to take a look at their new STEM centre.
Camera IconWA Premier Mark McGowan paid a visit to Newton Moore Senior High School on Friday to take a look at their new STEM centre. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Students choosing their subjects for Years 11 and 12 are being urged to take at least two science, technology, engineering or maths courses to equip them for jobs in the future.

The push comes after the State Government launched its “Take 2 STEM” campaign on Monday.

Targeted at students, parents and school staff, the campaign aims to build skills in young people that will position them to be ready to take on the jobs of the future.

Newton Moore High School head of science and engineering Lorraine Ellis, pictured, says a strong background in STEM is a positive step forward.

“The more the importance of these subjects are highlighted, hopefully the more the students take them up,” Ms Ellis said.

“These subjects are crucial for our development as a nation and make students better equipped for the future whilst stimulating their creativity.

“STEM subjects give students a solid background to be successful entrepreneurs in the future.”

Science Minister Dave Kelly said the COVID-19 pandemic showed that problem-solving skills were vital in responding to modern challenges.

“As a State Government we recognise that strong STEM skills are essential if we’re to have a globally competitive and innovative workforce that can drive Western Australia’s technological future and create jobs,” he said.

“We need to prepare our young people for the jobs of the future, reskill our current workforce and engage all Western Australians in STEM education, careers and culture.”

The campaign will also emphasise that STEM skills go beyond the lab and are critical across a broad range of industries.

The campaign will run from June 8.

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