What are employers saying about STEM?
Australia's STEM workforce: A survey of employers - This is a 2014 report by Deloitte Access Economics, which conducted research into the demand for STEM skills within the Australian workplace. 'The largest differences in skill levels between people with STEM and non-STEM qualifications were observed for "complex problem-solving", "programming", "critical thinking" and "system analysis and evaluation".'
Progressing STEM Skills in Australia This 2015 report from the Australian Industry Group notes that
'STEM skills are essential for the future economic and social well-being of the nation with an estimated 75% of the fastest growing occupations requiring STEM skills and knowledge. It places Australia's progress within an International context and explores the participation of women and girls in this area.
'There needs to be greater emphasis on linking the teaching of STEM elements together, using inquiry-based and action-learning programs and pedagogies and adopting different and appropriate motivational factors to persuade students to expand their interest in STEM programs.'