Council is taking a lead role in empowering Campbelltown’s high school students with the skills they need to succeed in the high-tech 21st century job market by joining an innovative program launched today, called Generation STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Campbelltown has committed to supporting this new State Government initiative from the start and will partner with the CSIRO in a three-year agreement to deliver Generation STEM to local high schools.
Eight Campbelltown schools have already signed up to participate in the first year: Ingleburn, Macquarie Fields, Robert Townson, Sarah Redfern, Thomas Reddall high schools and Macarthur Adventist, St Patrick’s and Mount Carmel Catholic colleges.
“We recognise the importance of empowering and assisting the next generation to become a STEM capable workforce so our young people and our community can benefit from the local job opportunities, economic growth and prosperity this investment will bring to Campbelltown,’’ said Mayor George Brticevic.
“There will be huge opportunities for our local students to gain STEM employment locally and we are teaming up with industry, research and education sectors to open avenues for our young people and link them to these pathways,’’ Cr Brticevic said.
“Campbelltown is uniquely positioned close to the Western Sydney Airport, Aerotropolis and Sydney Science Park and we will also be supporting these new and existing local industries by ensuring that our young people have the STEM skills sets these industries will need,’’ he said.
The Campbelltown students will have exposure to local STEM professionals and study pathways to potentially pursue careers in high-tech areas including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, construction, defence and medical technology.
Generation STEM is a new initiative for the Western Parkland City, which Campbelltown City is part of.
Council staff and industry leaders have already come together to identify some of the biggest local STEM challenges the Campbelltown community faces in the future.
Through this program, Campbelltown students will be given the chance to use their STEM problem solving and analytical skills to solve these community problems and make a real difference.