The economic and social progress of the future goes through technological transformation in all areas. This raises various challenges in each of the sectors, greatly impacting the labour market and education.
Technological transformation involves, among many other things, a curriculum creation based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (also known as ‘STEM’), from an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Currently, instead of teaching the STEM subjects separately, many educational institutions are choosing to integrate them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real world applications.
The global market is demanding more and more workers with STEM profiles and attempting to bridge the talent gap. For example, different studies estimate an increase in the demand for specialised STEM jobs and non-STEM jobs with STEM abilities in the coming years. For this reason, more and more companies consider it necessary to promote research-based training, to disseminate the impact of science and technology in society and to make known STEM-related job opportunities from the basic education.
In recent weeks, our UK Tendering Manager, Amanpreet Singh, has been providing virtual STEM career guidance for high school students, as part of a cycle of online conferences by STEM UK. His presentations include topics on the opportunities to shape the future from STEM careers, green contribution of Linxon in climate change/carbon control initiatives, building wind farms, the current importance of developing solutions to engineering problems using new or existing ICTs, the future of technological transformation in the power industry and the role of organisations such as Linxon and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), giving them food for thought and motivation to explore further.
Amanpreet is also a volunteer ambassador for STEM Learning in the UK, organisation aimed at improving lives through world-leading STEM education. (Learn more about the STEM ambassadors programme here).
To achieve an increase in STEM professionals, it is necessary to broaden the panorama of young people in the needs of the economic sectors that hire these professionals. Therefore, it is necessary that students have access to real experiences in the fields where they develop technology and used to motivate them to choose it as a promising and exciting career.
“Inspiring the next generation is certainly a corporate and social responsibility for all businesses and engineering professionals equally”, explained Amanpreet. “I believe that our future success and ability to engineer a better tomorrow depends on a promising supply of highly trained and capable technical talent.”
Linxon recognises the importance of promoting STEM formation as part of its CSR initiatives, so we are committed to continuing to offer related career opportunities and professional development in our projects and for the benefit of the sector in general. Linxon’s partnerships in STEM education along with IET in the UK help us inspire the next generation of engineers, technicians and even astronauts. Across the globe, we are working to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics through engaging opportunities with young people – concentrating on substations, wind farms and engineering, as well as promoting more local jobs from talent readily available.