Foreword by the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education & Science
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM) skills, knowledge and capability unlocks opportunities for all of us to flourish and grow as individuals, as communities and as a country. Every child in Scotland, from the early years onwards, should experience the wonder and excitement of STEM, growing and building the skills and knowledge that they will need in life and in work.
STEM ignites our curiosity about and helps us enjoy and comprehend the natural and physical world around us. STEM skills and knowledge help us to understand, engage with and tackle important issues in society such as climate change and sustainability. STEM helps us be inquiring, productive, creative, inventive and enterprising as individuals and opens up high quality, rewarding, flexible and engaging jobs and careers for us all.
Scotland's economy needs a highly numerate, digitally skilled, capable, creative, entrepreneurial and empowered workforce with a global outlook. There is huge demand for STEM skills, knowledge and capability in Scotland's economy today and this demand is projected to grow. Numeracy and digital skills in particular are increasingly fundamental right across the labour market. The careers and occupations that rely on STEM are diverse and range from healthcare and medicine, animal health, engineering, life sciences, and construction to beauty, design, tourism, retail and financial services.
All children and young people need to develop the skills and confidence to use and understand mathematics, technology and science in their day to day lives as well as in whatever career they choose. We also need to ensure there are opportunities for young people and our current workforce to access the STEM skills and knowledge they need in a developing and fast-changing labour market, and across careers that are becoming increasingly diverse and varied.
Scotland has a strong history and tradition of excellence and innovation in STEM, but we have much to do if we are to meet the demands and challenges of our economy and build the society we want to see now and in the future. This Strategy aims to set out how our education and training offer is contributing to that, and I urge you to respond to this consultation with your views on how we can ensure it continues to deliver on that ambition.
Minister for Further Education, Higher Education & Science
- Frank Creamer Ext. 41497