NEW RESEARCH INTO STEM SKILLS IN THE WORKFORCE
The Office of the Chief Scientist is currently conducting research to understand how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are used by Australian businesses.
The research aims to understand what skills are required by Australian businesses and whether or not these skills are readily available in the marketplace.
“Many other countries have already determined whether they have the right level of STEM skills for business needs,” Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb said.
“One UK study found for example that British Industry will need 100,000 new graduates in STEM subjects every year until 2020 just to maintain current employment numbers,” he said.
“There is a real need for Australia to identify what skills our businesses need to be productive, innovative and competitive.”
Deloitte Access Economics (DAE) has been engaged to undertake the research and are currently running an online survey. They are also conducting focus groups and more in depth interviews with business representatives.
If you have further questions, please email STEMresearch@deloitte.com.au