Ciara Hayes, STEM Education Officer pictured with the Fife College stand at the STEM 2019 conference.

Fife College was delighted to be invited to exhibit at the STEM 2019 conference held recently at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh to show how it is playing a leading role in bridging the skills gap.

With businesses finding it more difficult than ever to recruit people with skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Fife College has refreshed its STEM strategy and is committed to put the College at the forefront of the drive to boost the region’s economy, focusing on the skills that are increasingly sought after by employers.

The event was chaired by Jamie McIvor, Education and Local Government correspondent for BBC Scotland, and the Scottish Government address was given by Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further and Higher Education and Science.

Stewart McDonald, Curriculum Manager for Mathematics, Numeracy and STEM at Fife College who attended the event on the day said: “We are in an era of unprecedented change, with technology revolutionising every aspect of our daily lives. Feeding this change is a highly skilled workforce, however significant skills gaps remain in all of the STEM sectors.

“At Fife College we are committed to supporting the Scottish Government’s STEM Strategy for Education and Training, and through our partnerships we are helping to close the equity gaps in participation and attainment in STEM.

“The College is inspiring children and young people to study STEM subjects and to connect the transferable skills developed with labour market needs, both now and in the future, to support improved productivity and inclusive economic growth, so that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and contribute to Scotland’s economic growth.”

Fife College was delighted to showcase its work at the conference and its stand proved to be an extremely popular location with delegates thrilled to experience the Immersive Hybrid Reality simulation.

For further details about studying a STEM course at Fife College visit here or call 0344 248 0115.