Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Four industries ingrained in both our regions past, present and future, and all four industries in dire need of new blood. This country is facing an ever widening skills gap in the STEM subjects and on top of the skills gap, boasts alarmingly low levels of women in STEM related roles. A recent report by the NECC claimed that up to 8500 skilled workers were due to leave or retire from the engineering sector alone by 2016, with a lack of suitably qualified people to backfill these positions it leaves the engineering sector in the region in a worrying position. We see similar trends in the other STEM areas within our region.
Regionally there are a number of initiatives being ran to encourage youngsters to explore a career in the STEM industries, from secondary school through to university level. Closer to home here at RAW Digital Training, we actively seek and employ young people on 90 day internships, with the hope of finding each individual payed employment at the end of the 90 days. We aim to equip our interns with real-world, demonstrable industry experience to combat the age old conundrum of employers seeking experienced employees, and young people not being given a chance to gain the experience required. This scheme has proved very successful, with our most recent intern Craig Grace moving on to full time employment with our friends at Visualsoft.
As previously mentioned in this article, there is an alarming shortage of women in STEM related jobs, both regionally and nationally. Here at RAW Digital Training we are very passionate about helping young people and females into STEM industries.
We are extremely proud of our MD Joanna Wake for being nominated in the category of ‘Business Role Model of the Year’ at the 2016 Women in IT Awards, which not only recognises her business achievements in the IT industry, but also her strong advocacy in addressing the skills gap.
Could you, or someone you know benefit from a 90 day internship at RAW Digital Training? If so please feel free to get in touch through the contact section of our website or give us a call on 01642 688411.