The STEM Network Launches in Gloucestershire

GB Solutions Tech Consultant, Georgia Taylor is well aware of the shortage of candidates with Tech & IT skills not just locally in Gloucestershire but more broadly across the UK


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STEM candidates are undoubtedly becoming harder to find. Often connected with an image problem, the STEM degree courses are often thought of as harder subjects with the final rewards being less competitive than those of more popular courses.

About a year ago, whilst talking to a candidate, Georgia identified their passion for STEM and decided together they would investigate into a local network where they could both be supported.

Fast forward 12 months and Georgia is attending the launch of the Gloucestershire STEM network, hosted by Spirax Sarco in partnership with Gloucestershire University.  The launch coincided perfectly with ‘International Women in Engineering Day’.

Having worked hard with local businesses over the past year, the team have built from scratch a brand new network for all members of STEM to be supported in their career paths as well as encouraging more people into the field.

So what exactly is the Gloucestershire STEM Network…

The mission is to provide a local STEM network that supports women, from classroom to boardroom, and is itself supported by local organisations to underpin STEM excellence through the region. The network will bring experts together and address themes around workforce engagement and skills, building a shared platform for STEM professionals at every stage of their career.

Promoting STEM careers is absolutely critical to ensure that we inspire the next generation and protect the future of our tech industry, as we are still suffering from a shortage of IT candidates and engineers in the UK at all level and disciplines.

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Alongside GB Solutions, a number of other organisations in the Gloucestershire/M5 corridor are already involved including companies, universities, and national and international professional institutions including; Spirax Sparco, Moog and Renishaw.

Following on from the launch, Georgia said ‘The launch was a great success with businesses of all sizes around the county coming together determined to put a stop to the skills shortage we’re currently experiencing. Working together we will positively and proactively inspire a new generation into what is possible in these revolutionary fields.’

New members are actively encouraged to join the network to help address forecast trends in STEM, and to deliver a stable and inspired regional expertise that will help Gloucestershire to thrive.

If you are keen to learn more or would like further information on the Gloucestershire STEM Network, please visit their website here or join the LinkedIn group

If you are finding it hard to find the right person for your business, call Georgia on 03332 412900 and she’ll be happy to help.

Other articles you might be interested in;

  • The WISE Campaign – A campaign to inspire girls and women to study and pursue careers within STEM fields.
  • STEMettes – An organisation running panel events, hackathons and exhibitions aimed at inspiring the next generation of women into STEM.
  •  Women’s Engineering Society – A network of female engineers, technologists and scientists offering both support and professional development opportunities.
  • Women in Technology – An information resource aimed to promote female employment within IT and technology.
  • ScienceGrrl – A grassroots organisation representing the female face of science in the UK, working to inform STEM policy at a national level.
  • STEMNET – A network of ambassadors working to encourage young people who are underrepresented within STEM subjects and careers to pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
  • CodeFirst:Girls – An organisation working with companies and young women with the intention of increasing the number of women working in tech.
  • Sparxx – A division of the Women’s Engineering Society focussed on inspiring girls to become part of the next generation of innovative thinkers.
  •  BCSWomen – A specialist group aligned with the Chartered Institute for IT, providing a networking platform for professional women in IT.