There is a high demand in the Humber region, especially by employers in the renewable energy, engineering and manufacturing sectors, for staff qualified in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. However, these are not always the most popular study choices at school.
To encourage more young people to study STEM subjects, the Humber LEP has launched an introductory video about the type of job opportunities available locally and four case study videos. The case studies are about people who have qualified in STEM and STEM-related studies and now employed by Phillips 66, one of the UK’s leading chemical companies at Immingham, Scunthorpe engineering company, Bradburys, TATA Steel in Scunthorpe and Centrica on the South Bank.
The study choices young people make between the ages of 11 and 16 influence their options for further education and training whether at university, an apprenticeship or other training course, and in turn, these decisions affect the rest of their working lives. Although these choices are made by individuals, their decisions also have wider economic implications such as contributing to a skills gap in certain sectors. The LEP’s videos are therefore aimed primarily at young people aged between 11 and 16 and also parents and guardians who may be consulted about study options.
Mike Parker, Chair of the LEP’s, Education, Skills and Employment Board said, “The Humber is the UK’s Energy Estuary, a powerhouse for the emerging renewable sector as well as traditional energy production. There is also a wide range of world-leading companies in the oil, chemicals, steel making and engineering sectors on both banks the Humber, yet these and energy companies can struggle to recruit skilled entrants and face an ageing workforce.
“The Humber LEP is committed to helping young people to make the most appropriate study choices so that we have the skills necessary to drive the local economy and our students can satisfy their own future needs and aspirations. I hope that as many young people as possible will have the opportunity to watch these videos and see the exciting career opportunities which are available as a result of studying STEM subjects before making their final choices.”
The YouTube links to the STEM videos are:
The introductory video link is: https://youtu.be/RVM5UeRqtSA
- The Tata Steel case study link is: https://youtu.be/X82NjCU4hnw
- The Centrica case study link is: https://youtu.be/qgL8wFER7-Y
- The Bradbury case study link is: https://youtu.be/szUa4zkpxF0
- The Phillips 66 case study link is: https://youtu.be/l6KWZ1EfFDM
The videos were produced by the LEP working in partnership with: The Press Association Howden; North Lindsey College, Scunthorpe; The University of Hull; Drax Power Station; Tata Steel, Scunthorpe; Phillips 66 Immingham; Centrica and Scunthorpe- based Bradbury’s The project was funded by the LEP via the Enterprise Skills Zone Fund and the Regional Growth Fund.