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Siemens tackles skills gap

08 March 2013

Siemens has launched a groundbreaking new education and careers scheme for engineers in conjunction with the Cabinet Office, Department of Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Siemens Education Portal will for the first time allow teachers, students and parents to access a central hub of information to be used in the classroom explicitly designed to encourage young people to engage with engineering and manufacturing related subjects.

The portal will be rolled out to 5000 schools across the UK by 2014 aiming to reach over 1.95 million pupils within the first year and 4.5 million by 2016. The aim of the portal is to inspire students, support teachers and communicate to parents the considerable opportunities open to young people working in today’s industry and manufacturing environments. Initially the portal will support the 11 to 14 age group with plans to expand the age range over the next two years.

The scheme will host a range of interactive education materials supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related subjects; from highly interactive schemes of work for practical application in the classroom to engaging 3D games based on some of the most ground breaking industrial projects and technologies in the UK. The content will connect teachers, and young people through a range of curriculum based schemes of work and interactive teaching methods.