MidWest STEM ALLIANCE

17 December 2017 

STEM Alliance 

Industry and Education working in collaboration to deliver Skills for Jobs in the Mid-West Region

A new innovative, industry led project that aims to encourage young people to become engaged and interested in STEM has been signed in the Midwest between Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board and regional industry clusters Limerick for Engineering and Limerick for IT. The objective is to promote awareness and understanding of the importance and relevance of STEM to everyday life and increase awareness of career opportunities that exist on their doorstep. The project focus is on empowering teachers and young people to experience and become knowledgeable about STEM skills for life.

The STEM Industry & Education Partnership will deliver a programme with LCETB schools in the region engaging and immersing educators, students and families in STEM experiences, highlighting and increasing the awareness around the importance of STEM and the career opportunities that exist. This will be achieved by establishing relationships with STEM enterprise and industry, schools and educators, further and higher-level institutions, and the wider STEM community and thus fostering a culture of collaboration for professional learning in STEM education.

• This innovative STEM Education pilot project, the first of it’s kind in Ireland, will lead the way in developing a model or framework that could be adopted by initiatives and fora across Ireland and Internationally.

• Establishing relationships with STEM business and industry (through Limerick 4 Engineering and Limerick for IT network), schools and educators, further and higher-level institutions, and the wider STEM community and thus fostering a culture of collaboration for professional learning in STEM education.

• The project involves the development of a community of practice i.e. developing a community of teachers in a school (Principals, Career Guidance Teachers, STEM Teachers) that are knowledgeable and experts in STEM skills, competencies and careers.

• The project will develop a culture within the schools where teachers and students are aware and understand the importance and relevance of STEM to everyday life.

This project involves distributed leadership where managers and all stakeholders linked with the Mid West Action Plan for Jobs and Mid-West Regional Skills Forum, the LCETB and their schools, principals, and teachers are fully immersed and committed to the vision to engage and inspire young people from all socio-economic backgrounds to explore the opportunities for a career in STEM.