Recently the South Eastern Regional College (SERC) hosted a seminar showcasing how businesses can support local schools to ignite interest in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – and bring the world of work into extracurricular activities.
First, delegates were welcomed by SERC Principal and Chief Executive Ken Webb who said: “This unique event has given us the opportunity to connect with local businesses to bring real-world STEM into our STEM activities to enhance our students learning. SERC creates opportunities to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Enabling young people to develop their creativity, problem-solving and employability skills widens their choices and supports the UK’s future competitiveness.”
Mr Webb went on to explain how businesses can increase their potential pool of skilled local employees by engaging directly with students and encouraged them to build relationships with schools in their local community.
Delegates got the opportunity to meet new contacts and explore easy ways to develop partnerships and gained a fresh inspiration for activities and shared experiences about what really works.
The prestigious event, held in conjunction with Go Catalyst and W5 at the college’s Downpatrick Campus, attracted over forty industry professionals and other external organisations.
The seminar was an opportunity for delegates to network with a large range of schools and businesses involved in the delivery of STEM activities and gain an insight into the wide range of services SERC can deliver.
The seminar demonstrated how the effective sharing of knowledge can greatly enhance productivity in a broad spectrum or arenas and offered delegates the opportunity to tour the college’s state-of-the- art facilities.
To find out how your school can get involved with SERC please visit our website at www.serc.ac.uk or contact our Schools Partnership Manager Richard Armstrong on 0845 600 7555.