South Australia unveils strategy for tech and engineering skill-up

SOUTH Australian Science and Information Economy Minister Jay Weatherill, the next Premiere of SA, has unveiled a strategy to skill up people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

According to Weatherill, there is a continuing rise in demand for people with STEM skills in the mining and defence industries.

The SA government has mapped all the STEM work being done in South Australia by government, industry and the community sector so that more than 55 programs can be harnessed to deliver the greatest possible benefit for the economy. 
 The STEM Skills Strategy aims to better coordinate and target existing efforts which are increasing awareness and influencing people to take up STEM careers, in the hope that the state will be better able to meet the demand for those skills.
 “Forecasts show that demand for engineers, environmental scientists, ICT systems analysts and allied tradespeople such as electricians, toolmakers, and structural steel and welding trades workers is set to increase dramatically over next 10 years,” said Weatherill.
 “The need for STEM skills in our growing defence, mining, bioscience, clean-tech, food production and other industries is outpacing the supply of skilled men and women.”
 Between 2008 and 2015, SA alone will see over 3000 job openings for engineers, and 2600 openings for electricians and electrical workers.

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