Our outreach programmes

At NIE Networks we are committed to promoting and increasing awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related subjects.

Here's what we've been up to this school year:

Apprentice-outreach-(1).jpgWhy STEM?

As our society continually advances we are becoming ever more reliant on the skills and expertise of STEM related subjects, increasing the demand for people with these skills on a national and international level. 

The Royal Academy of Engineering estimates that around 820,000 Science, Engineering and Technological professionals will be needed by 2020.

"Engineering has made a greater positive difference to human life than almost any other human endeavour."
New Scientist, January 2015

However despite this growth in demand there are fewer young people studying these subjects at school and ultimately pursuing a career in the area of STEM. This is particularly evident with women, who are outnumbered by men by nearly 3 to 1 in high level STEM posts in the Northern Ireland economy.

We believe by educating young people through our outreach initiatives about the potentials, positives and endless possibilities of studying STEM related subjects we can help increase the numbers taking up these subjects.

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