STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
In 2008 MATRIX first highlighted the importance of innovation, research and development in Northern Ireland’s STEM industries. A year later in 2009, DETI and DEL published the STEM Review and a draft STEM Strategy. Both of these emphasised a need for more links between industry and education.
When considered together, the reports indicate that we need to ensure that Northern Ireland’s young people have the skills, knowledge and understanding in STEM-related subjects in order to take advantage of job opportunities in these fields and contribute to the country’s economy.
The Northern Ireland Executive’s “Programme for Government” and the Skills Strategy for Northern Ireland, “Success through Skills – Transforming Futures”, also recognise that the future success of the Northern Ireland economy will require increased numbers of skilled workers with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) qualifications.
MATRIX is helping to champion the role of science and technology as one of the key drivers of economic growth in Northern Ireland.