The STEM Strategy provides a joined up and effective education and skills pathway into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, strengthening the economic position of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. This managed approach prevents having many ad-hoc activities that do not necessarily meet industry or economy needs, and consequently results in missed opportunities to build the local economy and not make the best use of public finances.
The importance of STEM subjects to the national and local economy is well known and understood. There is significant research that sets out the challenge of securing sufficient quality and quantity of the STEM and employability skills that businesses need to grow. Individuals will benefit from investing in and honing STEM skills as the keys to accessing high value jobs where there are well-documented shortages and growing demand.
The aim is that Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire become exemplar in getting more people into sciences and engineering, growing indigenous companies and attracting new businesses. Having a talented workforce is critical to the future success of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire economy.