On Saturday 9 March, College is hosting a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Conference for all its Fourth Formers, as well as pupils from Dean Close and Cheltenham Ladies' College. The programme for the morning includes 14 different guest speakers and 10 different exhibitors, giving the pupils a valuable insight into the career world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
According to a report from EngineeringUK, the number of engineering graduates in the UK needs to double by 2020 if the expected demand for such skills is to be met. This event will not only enable pupils to start thinking about their career choices but it will open their eyes up to the multitude of job opportunities within the arenas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – opportunities that exist on top of the more traditional roles such as doctors and vets.
Throughout the morning the pupils will hear from experts in a wide variety of fields, including Sports Science, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Geology, Physiotherapy as well as Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Science. The speakers will not only talk about their careers but crucially for the pupils, the kinds of subject and degree choices they should be thinking about for entry into these fields. In addition to the speakers, the pupils will also have the chance to talk to many exhibitors, including the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, the Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining, the Institute of Structural Engineers, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the College of Paramedics.
Mrs Isabella Mech, Head of Science, said: “With research indicating future economic demand for students with skill sets in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, this kind of conference is a fantastic opportunity for Year 10 pupils to get ahead of the game and to start thinking about possible careers and the skills they need to develop. The earlier they are exposed to the career paths within these industries, the more able they are to make informed choices when it comes to A Levels and University courses.”