We’re pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with global engineering and technology services company, Siemens. Over the next year this partnership will help us to reach over 3,500 pupils in low-income communities and support the recruitment, training and placement of 18 new science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers to work in schools serving low-income communities.
Siemens will also support teachers to raise awareness of the diverse range of careers in engineering and technology by hosting employability skills workshops, coaching our trainees and delivering guest lessons in local classrooms to help inspire a new generation of UK engineers.
This ambitious new partnership was announced by Siemens UK CEO, Jürgen Maier at a reception in the House of Commons on Tuesday 1 December, in front of leading experts, champions and commentators on the STEM challenge in the UK. It marks a further commitment from Siemens in their word to address the STEM skills shortage in the UK as part of their Curiosity Project — a three-year engagement programme aimed at bringing STEM to life for young people in the UK.
Sharing his own experience from a recent visit to our partner school Whalley Range High School in Manchester, where he spent time with a Year 7 class taucht by participant Jenna King, Mr Maier said: “It was an inspiring day, I met bright young people full of enthusiasm and potential. I am proud to welcome Teach First as partners in our Curiosity Project. Together we can make a real difference to many more young people’s level of ambition and achievement.”
The UK needs 40,000 extra STEM graduates per year, to fill the estimated 104,000 graduate-level STEM jobs required to ensure a thriving economy. We believe that the solution to the skills shortage is inspirational STEM teachers. A single teacher can be the catalyst that motivates a pupil towards a career in STEM, and the UK is currently not producing them in sufficient numbers. In recent years there has been a shortfall of 4,000 teachers in maths alone, and the problem is particularly acute in schools in areas of high deprivation, which struggle to attract and retain teachers.
By working in collaboration with the business community we can recruit STEM teachers into the areas they’re needed most and offer pupils from low income backgrounds the skills, opportunities and inspiration to take up STEM subjects in Higher Education and beyond.
Brett Wigdortz, CEO and Founder of Teach First, said:
“I am proud this partnership will help to raise awareness amongst young people about the opportunity to develop as leaders and address challenges in society through Teach First and Siemens.
“The UK economy needs STEM graduates each year to fill innovative and vital jobs which drive our growth and prosperity as a nation. But too few students are taking up these subjects. The problem is even worse for pupils in low-income communities, where there is a pervasive trend in low uptake and poor attainment, creating an extraordinary waste of British talent.
“Talented and passionate teachers are vital to solving this educational and economic challenge. One amazing teacher can inspire pupils to pursue and excel in STEM, and foster a love for a subject that lasts through university and into the workplace.”
The Teach First partnership is part of the Siemens Curiosity Project: a three year engagement programme to broaden the firms existing investment to bring STEM to life in the UK by helping the next generation build the foundations in STEM skills they need for future aspirations and ambitions.”