27
Jan 16

Partnerships for Productivity: Designing and Implementing WIL in the STEM Disciplines

Innovation is fundamental to a vibrant economy and global competitiveness. Furthermore, Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics (STEM) expertise is paramount to a sustainable economy in volatile times.   However, there is a disconnect between academic aptitude and workplace proficiency of STEM graduates.  Despite perceived academic prowess, STEM graduates have poor employment prospects with ill-defined career pathways … Continue reading Partnerships for Productivity: Designing and Implementing WIL in the STEM Disciplines

20
Jan 16

Young Australians Less Prepared for Digital Workplace than International Peers

Young Australians are falling behind their international peers when it comes to preparation for the digital workplace, according to new research by global IT consultancy firm Infosys. The report, released at the World Economic Forum this week, found Australia ranked last out of the nine countries surveyed. Young people aged 16 to 25 years from … Continue reading Young Australians Less Prepared for Digital Workplace than International Peers

08
Dec 15

Why Employers Do (and Don’t) Offer Work Integrated Learning [ebook]

A report into “WIL in STEM Disciplines: Employer Perspectives” by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research earlier this year examined the reasons why STEM employers are likely to participate in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements. More importantly, it also identified the barriers that universities must overcome to improve industry engagement and WIL availability and … Continue reading Why Employers Do (and Don’t) Offer Work Integrated Learning [ebook]

26
Nov 15

Lack of Work-Ready STEM Grads Contributing to Increasing Youth Unemployment

Poor STEM skills among graduates is contributing to the growing youth unemployment rate in Australia according to a new report by PwC. Australia has slipped four places to 17th in the OECD rankings for employment of under 25s, with data from the PwC Young Workers Index indicating a downward trend in STEM skills, particularly math, … Continue reading Lack of Work-Ready STEM Grads Contributing to Increasing Youth Unemployment

12
Nov 15

CS + X = Better Alignment between STEM Education & Employment

In the US alone, 1 million new computer science jobs are forecast by 2020. The demand is there, but the graduates are not – how can we encourage more students to take up computer science? Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering, Community & Outreach Manager of Google Australia & New Zealand addressed the 2015 Improving STEM Education & … Continue reading CS + X = Better Alignment between STEM Education & Employment

27
Oct 15

Is Poor STEM Education to Blame for Australia’s Absence from the Top 20 Most Innovative Countries?

“Despite world-class education and universities… [Australia] continues to lag behind most advanced economies in innovation.” That’s according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2015/16. While Australia has climbed one place from last year to 21st for overall competitiveness, we rank at just 25th for capacity for innovation. Education standards high With scores … Continue reading Is Poor STEM Education to Blame for Australia’s Absence from the Top 20 Most Innovative Countries?

29
Sep 15

Supporting and Inspiring Digital Skills to Power Australia’s Digital Economy

A couple of months ago, a colleague brought her niece, Helen (not her real name) into work for a week of compulsory work experience. She’s in Year 10 at a private girls’ school on Sydney’s lower north shore. For the first couple of days she did the usual Microsoft Australia stuff – attended meetings, prepared … Continue reading Supporting and Inspiring Digital Skills to Power Australia’s Digital Economy

13
Jul 15

44% of Today’s Jobs Will No Longer Exist in 20 Years [eBook]

While the scope of topics covered at the 2015 Improving STEM Education & Skills Conference was extremely varied, one particular piece of research was cited repeatedly throughout the event: A Smart move: Future-proofing Australia’s Workforce, produced by PwC. The key statistic quoted from this report was that in the next 20 years, 44% of the jobs … Continue reading 44% of Today’s Jobs Will No Longer Exist in 20 Years [eBook]