STEM Learning and STEMNET – working together to secure the future of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the UK
In order to maximise the opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for all young people in the UK, the boards of STEM Learning Ltd and STEMNET are pleased to announce their intention to enter into merger discussions with a view to combining their operations by 1 August 2016.
For more than a decade, both organisations have been working to improve young people’s outcomes in STEM education. Combining our operations will enable us to integrate our expertise, helping to further address the UK’s skills and productivity challenges, close the skills gap and develop the UK’s science capital.
STEMNET runs the UK’s only network of STEM Ambassadors and provides advice to schools that want to set up and develop their own STEM Clubs. Combining our programmes will enable schools, colleges and others involved in education to more easily access the support they need. Crucially, it will also make it simpler for employers and individuals working in the STEM industries to get involved.
Sir Mike Tomlinson, Chair of STEM Learning, and a long time campaigner for the availability of a world leading STEM education for all, commented:
“This merger of STEM Learning and STEMNET will not only add to the offer of professional development (CPD) and STEM resources to schools and colleges but also provide teachers with a single route to all the two bodies have to offer. STEM Ambassadors and STEM clubs are both highly regarded as is the CPD and STEM resources provided by STEM Learning. Through teachers having streamlined access to all this support I hope we can increase yet further the interest of young people in careers in the STEM subjects.”
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said:
“We are committed to securing the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation, and are focused on building up the skills we need to achieve this. By working together and enhancing the STEM Ambassadors programme, STEMNET and STEM Learning will help employers, teachers, and parents inspire more children to become tomorrow’s engineers and scientists.”
STEM Learning and STEMNET are proven in their ability to develop programmes which benefit young people and society through raising awareness, engagement and achievement in STEM. We are looking forward to a future which enables us, with a wide range of partners, to build on this further, for the benefit of individuals, employers, communities around the UK, and the country as a whole.