Greater Manchester Combined Authority has (GMCA) developed a new STEM Framework to develop the city-region’s science, technology and maths (STEM) skills base and support collaboration between organisations in the sector.
The framework aims to increase opportunities for Greater Manchester residents to access new skills and opportunities within STEM sectors, and work to combat the national and regional skills shortages in these areas.
The framework also recognises that STEM industries are also key to Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy, which has identified the city-region’s strengths in health innovation, digital and advanced manufacturing sectors. They are also vital to delivering large infrastructure projects in the region, including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
Greater Manchester’s STEM framework will focus on four main areas of delivery.
- Increasing the talent pipeline in specific occupations where there is an urgent need, such as roles needed for construction of HS2.
- Supporting STEM employers to work with educational institutions to ensure young people are aware of the opportunities in the field.
- Reaching out to Greater Manchester’s communities to raise awareness of STEM opportunities, with activities such as collaborating on family events at the Museum of Science and Industry.
- Raising the profile of STEM industries by highlighting and celebrating Greater Manchester’s successes to encourage people of all ages to upskill in STEM subjects.