Progression to university, employer engagement and postgraduate training.
Timed to follow the publication of the 'one year on' report of the Perkins' review of engineering skills, expected in late 2014, delegates at this conference will assess progress made by the sector to close the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills gap by encouraging more young people to study these subjects and take up careers in related industries.
The conference also coincides with the Government's Your Life campaign, announced by the Chancellor in May 2014, which aims to increase the number of young people, particularly women, studying STEM subjects by 50% over the next three years.
Sessions will examine progress made since the original Perkins Review and consider the remaining challenges for Government, education providers, industry and others. Further discussion will include ways in which education providers can work with industry and learned societies to encourage growth in STEM admissions and recruitment, including improved careers guidance, more work placements and greater industry-university links in developing undergraduate and postgraduate course content.
Who will attend?
Key policymakers and government officials, alongside senior representatives from schools, colleges and universities, as well as research councils, learned societies, charities, businesses and sector bodies from R&D-intensive industries and other interested parties.
- Professor John Perkins, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
- Professor Sa'ad Medhat, Chief Executive, NEF: The Innovation Institute
- Professor Jackie Hunter, Chief Executive, BBSRC
- Dr Tom Wilks, Midlands Regional Director, The Brilliant Club
How to register
Book your place via the Westminster Forum Projects website.