[EVENT POSTPONED] STEM skills: Mind the gap!
FOLLOWING THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS OF COVID-19 AND THE CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE BELGIAN AUTHORITIES, THIS EURACTIV EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
We often hear from policymakers, media and employer groups that the EU faces a shortage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills. However, what we rarely hear are specific details of what those skills shortages actually are and — just as crucially — where they are. Businesses are especially concerned about the outlook: over half expect the shortage to worsen over the next 10 years, with expansion in the sector set to nearly double the number of new STEM roles required. The shortage of women in STEM exasperates the issue.
Employers are concerned that the EU could fall behind other countries in terms of technological advancement or lose its research and development credentials, while others warn a lack of talent could put off foreign investment in the bloc.
Building the future pipeline of skills will be key to maintaining the EU’s standing in the STEM sector. Low awareness of the jobs available and a lack of meaningful work experience opportunities are identified by businesses facing recruitment challenges as key barriers to young people considering STEM careers.
Join us for a dynamic and open debate on the importance of closing the gaps in the STEM education. Questions to be discussed:
- Why are STEM subjects not appealing and engaging to a wider range of students, particularly girls?
- How can industry-education cooperation address the STEM challenge? Are schools and companies working together smartly?
- Why is there declining interest in science studies and related professions whilst demand for qualified researchers and technicians increases? How can we close the gap?
- How can Europe retain the high-end STEM skills necessary to compete with the US and Asian economies? What would be the consequences if Europe can’t compete?
The “Energise Your Day” event series stimulates open debate on the most pressing issues facing Europe, and by extension, the world. Equinor and EURACTIV believe that reflection and exchange of different perspectives enhances our understanding of common challenges and promotes holistic, long-term thinking leading to solutions and action.