Regional Development Australia (RDA) - Hunter's STEMship program has been recognised as international best practice.
Jonathan Barr, head of Employment and Skills Unit at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) made the announcement on 9 April at the STEM Workforce Conference in Newcastle.
Mr Barr launched a new OECD Report, ‘Engaging employers and developing skills at the local level in Australia’. According to Mr Barr, STEMship provides an outstanding example of how local partnerships between regional development organisations, industry, and the TAFE sector can encourage more apprenticeship training.
The STEMship program is supported by DPC Regional, Defence NSW and Training Services.
“The program provides pre-employment training for secondary school graduates to enter apprenticeships as an alternative to university, leading to a full qualification at Certificate III,” said Mr Barr. “By working closely with employers in STEM-related fields to drive curriculum development, this program was able to identify the necessary skills and align training design with local industry demands in new and emerging occupations to prepare for jobs of the future”.