But, with all of the other opportunities available to talented university or school leavers today, it’s not enough to simply hope enough of them choose STEM careers. Companies like Perkins that depend on STEM graduates for the future success of our business and the continued economic growth of our customers must actively support programmes that encourage young people to choose those careers.
Perkins facilities around the world conduct and support outreach programmes that directly engage students with the goal of introducing them to the intellectual challenges and career opportunities offered by the STEM disciplines. From primary schools through universities, Perkins as a company and Perkins employees as individually registered STEM Ambassadors, support STEM events and provide age-appropriate programmes.
Peterborough-based STEM Ambassadors are actively engaged in organising and participating in a wide variety of events which form part of our annual STEM programme. We work with STEMPoint, our STEM Learning hub to engage local schools in our activities and to support STEM activities organised by STEMpoint. Our events include:
Outreach to local schools to support STEM activities is an important activity for Perkins facilities in the UK, the United States and China.
Perkins US facilities in Griffin, Georgia and Seguin, Texas both provide regular support to local school programmes that encourage STEM activities.
Our Wuxi employees host a job shadow day for university students that includes a factory tour where they learn about modern manufacturing processes and the different job roles required to implement them. Wuxi also regularly hosts visits by local school children who have an interest in learning about STEM careers.
Perkins will continue to reach out to all young people and actively encourage them to consider STEM related educational choices and careers. It’s essential that more of them do, because the increasingly technological future depends on them.
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