Scottish Government action on STEM education and training

The Scottish Government is taking measures to meet the increasing demand for improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills amongst the population.

Following a public consultation, the SNP-led Government has published a five year STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland, which aims to raise levels of enthusiasm for STEM in children, young people and adults in Scotland.

Between 2007 and 2016, the number of female entrants in STEM subjects at Scottish universities increased by 20 percent in first degree courses and 36 per cent in postgraduate courses, but inequalities still exist.

The strategy aims to tackle gender imbalances across STEM education, and ensure that teachers have the right skills and resources to encourage more girls to aspire to STEM studies and careers.

The actions set out by the Scottish Government include:

  • Providing a three-year £1 million fund to boost primary science learning in schools;
  • Ensuring every Scottish school is working with a STEM partner from the private, public or third sectors by 2020;
  • Increasing the number of STEM-related courses at colleges and universities;
  • Establishing a new Young STEM leaders programme to promote and strengthen the development of peer mentoring by 2020; and
  • The introduction of a £20,000 training bursary for people changing careers to become teachers in STEM subjects.

STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland is available to view here.

About TIGA

TIGA is the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry. Our core purpose is to strengthen the games development and digital publishing sector. We achieve this by campaigning for the industry in the corridors of power, championing the industry in the media and helping our members commercially.

TIGA is intent on building an enduring organisation which continually improves; a business that will make a significant impact on the games industry and so benefit our membership and the wider economy. Since 2010, TIGA has won 24 business awards, an achievement which reflects TIGA’s drive for improvement and to meet best practice.

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