Union Connect have created a dual field and partnership campaign for the Scottish Government to increase the number of people considering a career in teaching STEM subjects in Scottish high schools. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are crucial to Scotland’s future economic prosperity, yet many potential applicants perceive a lack of available jobs, or that alternative career options are more attractive. Yet teaching STEM subjects can be inspiring and rewarding for both teacher and pupil.
The Union Connect team visited all seven universities in Scotland that offer Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE courses): the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands and Islands, Strathclyde and the West of Scotland, as well as visiting the University of Stirling.
The activity was launched on the 8th of February at the University of Glasgow’s Career Fair with the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, in attendance. Mr. Swinney said: “Many STEM graduates might not immediately think of teaching or think that they have the skills for the role. This campaign aims to encourage more people studying or working in STEM related areas to think again and consider a challenging and rewarding career in teaching where they can make a positive difference.”
For further details visit: www.teachinscotland.scot
Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, launching the new STEM campaign at Glasgow’s Career Fair.