STEM skills are increasingly required by employers across a broad range of sectors. These skills help to foster systemic and critical thinking in a number of areas and are not confined to four subjects alone. Due to the increasing digitisation of society and the world of work the demand for STEM skills will only intensify.
There is a need to increase the number of STEM-qualified people in Europe with employers highlighting a specific shortage of people with these skills. This is particularly apparent as concerns engineers, computer scientists and data analysts. To achieve this is it necessary to raise awareness of the STEM-related careers that are available and to promote participation in STEM courses and studies, notably among women.
Employers and education and training providers, both through their individual and joint actions, have a key role to play in fostering STEM skills acquisition.
The Communication on the European Education Area outlines how cooperation can further enrich the quality, inclusiveness and digital and green dimension of Member State education systems. It shows how together, Member States can shape a European Education Area based on freedom for learners and teachers to learn and work across the continent and for institutions to freely associate with one another in Europe and beyond.
The EU STEM Coalition was included in the objectives of the Communication. For more information and the full text, please see the link above.