Take 2 STEM campaign launches.
WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Science Minister Dave Kelly today launched the McGowan Government's STEM campaign to ensure young Western Australians are ready for the jobs of the future. The campaign message 'Take 2 STEM' aims to encourage more WA students to select at least two STEM subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths — especially those entering Years 11 and 12 or considering a vocational pathway.
As WA begins its economic recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic, Take 2 STEM aims to build skills in young people that will position them to be ready to take on the jobs of the future. WA is already a leader in technologies such as cyber security, data analysis, remote operations, robotics and medical research, and Take 2 STEM will build on these strengths to ensure our workforce has the capacity to attract investment and remain globally competitive. The campaign will also emphasise that STEM skills go beyond the lab; these are skills that are critical across a broad range of industries and vocations.
The Take 2 STEM campaign features videos of a range of Western Australian STEM champions, a website and a logo co-designed by WA young people. Part of the Government's State STEM Skills Strategy, Take 2 STEM includes a focus on increasing participation in under-represented groups, including girls and women, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and Aboriginal students.
South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus plays a key role in delivering STEM-based training for new technologies including Industry 4.0 and automation. The Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations qualification, currently being delivered as a pilot program to secondary students, has achieved positive student engagement and outcomes. The course will be available to all secondary schools from Semester 2, 2020.