HE STEM Project presents at Farnborough International Airshow 2012
The National HE STEM Programme project Employer Engagement – enhancing HEI engagement with the Satellite Industry for workforce upskilling and informing policy makers led by Professor Robert Gurney (Environmental Systems Science Centre, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Reading) presented to the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 at the request of the UK Space Agency.
The world-leading UK satellite and space industry contributes enormously to national GDP, and is recognised by the Government as the first area for UK manufacturing growth.
As many employers require graduates and apprentices with physical sciences qualifications, sourcing suitably qualified personnel and accessing suitable professional development/workforce skilling-up opportunities can be challenging. This project reviewed graduate/apprentice skill levels with employer needs, the provision of workforce upskilling courses with employer needs, and the understanding of policymakers regarding the contribution of the space industry in wealth creation.
Project lead Kathie Bowden was invited by the UK Space Agency to present her preliminary results to an audience of STEM teachers at Farnborough International Airshow 2012 last week. Other keynote presentations were made by a European Space Agency astronaut, recent graduates working for companies with different perspectives on the space sector, and a number of skills providers. The level of audience engagement was excellent, with several interested parties emailing Kathie for further information after the event.
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