Twenty five STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) teachers from across the Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough area attended a CPD event in Peterborough last week to learn how to effectively involve employers in delivering the school curriculum. The event was created by The Skills Service to address identified skills gaps in STEM industries by helping teachers to embed employability into their lessons in order to inspire young people about STEM careers.
Delegates took part in a workshop in the morning led by Gerard Liston of Forum-Talent-Potential, which guided them through the process of developing a project from concept to delivery. Over a networking lunch and an afternoon marketplace of employers, teachers had the opportunity to meet with a wide range of local STEM employers to discuss their ideas. Businesses included AIM Altitude, Anglian Water, ARM Holdings, British Sugar, Carillion, Morgan Sindall, Mundipharma, Noviche, OAL, Produce World and Royal Society of Chemistry.
Feedback from the day was extremely positive from both the employers and teachers:
Lisa Taylor of Mundipharma said: “I made some fantastic contacts at the meeting with science teachers from our local schools. This is a great way to form sustained relationships with schools, sharing resources and creating new projects that will allow students to put their learning into context and link it to their future opportunities. Through these partnerships we will be able to show students the range of careers in our industry and what’s available at Mundipharma.”
Fidelis Mugova from City of Peterborough Academy said: “This has been a great opportunity to network and understand the role employers play in helping key skills being developed. It has really been an eye opener for understanding industry needs, an inspirational day that allowed the sharing of ideas and expertise. Really worthwhile.”
Teachers have been tasked with creating follow-up case studies of the project ideas developed as outcomes of this event. These will be uploaded to an online forum hosted by The Skills Service in order to share best practice across the area. Following on from the success of this event, future CPD activities will be planned for other subject teachers.