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Developing our future workforce with SmartSTEMs

 15th Nov 2017

Nine Twenty are passionate about developing our workforces of the future, and as a result have forged close links with many worthwhile initiatives. Karen Stewart, our Managing Director of Engineering & Manufacturing, has been closely involved in these initiatives, and loves nothing more than seeing a child’s eyes light up when they realise what opportunities there are in the industry, and then go to on achieve their ambitions.


Nine Twenty Manufacturing & SmartSTEMs


Karen has been working alongside SmartSTEMs, which is a registered charity that acts as the glue between tertiary education, industry and schools.  They exist to provide equal opportunities to young people into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with particular focus on the gender gap (they run both all-girl and co-ed events). The model is scalable and replicable, and delivered through their intertwined initiatives of hub events and outreach.


Hub events are held in tertiary education establishments, where they work to unite industry and schools in applying the SmartSTEMs glue and get the great people of Scotland connected and collaborating to best effect. Outreach is delivered in schools and clubs affording STEM activities locally & ongoing, and the charity collaborates widely to deliver maximum impact.


They are delighted to pull together many wonderful industry partners and scores of generous volunteers to deliver this great event for these young boys and girls, and they are proud to be playing their part in making Scotland a great place to discover and pursue STEM careers.


Nine Twenty Manufacturing & SmartSTEMs


Karen recently volunteered to assist at SmartSTEMs first co-ed event in Cardonald College in early November, and came back to the office buzzing about how many children were engaged in the programme. She said; 


“So many children are blissfully unaware at the huge range of career choices out there. There is nothing more encouraging than when you see how engaged they become when they realise that they can use their interests and turn it into a career. SmartSTEMs also focus on soft skills, and really inspire the children to shoot for the stars and help them believe in themselves more. I love being involved with this charity and look forward to working closely with them in 2018. We take our corporate social responsibility seriously within Nine Twenty, and want to focus our efforts on initiatives that directly help our industries, so watch out for various charity events next year!”


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