The promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) was top of the agenda at a one day joint Education and Library Board regional conference held recently at Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.
The event was organised by an Inter-Board team from Curriculum, Advisory and Support Services (CASS), and was attended by 70 STEM and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) post primary teachers from the WELB and SELB areas.
The promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics continues to be a priority for the Northern Ireland Government as it is predicted that it is from these areas that the skills for future workforces will be required, and as such funding has been made available by the Department of Education to prioritise work in these areas.
The STEM conference gave teachers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the vocational and academic needs of industry on a practical level by networking with employers from 20 businesses who require a workforce with STEM qualifications, and to also partake in site visits to six STEM employers in the Omagh area.
The site visits were to Terex, Fane Valley, Strathroy Dairy, Telestack, AFBI (Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute) and First Trust Bank.
The conference was opened by Aidan McCormick, Education Adviser SELB and presentations followed by Michelle Fulton, BELB and Jayne FitzGerald SELB.