STEM

Future-proofing Australia’s workforce by growing skills in science, technology, engineering and maths

Australia is facing a significant change in the way we work due to digital disruption. We must equip our future talent with the right skills to meet this challenge.

Our research tells us that 44% of current Australian jobs are at high risk of being affected by digital disruption, yet only a small percentage of university graduates in Australia are from STEM-related courses.

While it’s difficult to predict what the exact jobs of the future will be, it’s likely that the demand for skills in innovation and problem solving, both of which are underpinned by a STEM education, will impact nearly every industry.

Driving engagement and performance within STEM is also important in securing Australia’s transition into the new knowledge economy and supporting our ongoing competitiveness and prosperity.

As a nation we are facing economic challenges that are both circumstantial and structural: slower GDP growth, declining real incomes, low productivity growth, declining employment, sluggish global growth and rising shortfalls in tax revenue.

Governments are finding it difficult to fund the services we expect – good schools, a strong health system, effective public infrastructure and a safety net for those that need it the most. Unless there is substantial action towards addressing these fiscal pressures, Australians can expect to see their standard of living slow or deteriorate over the coming decades.

The opportunity to move towards a more innovative, productive and sustainable economy is in front of us and we need to respond.

Our vision is to help create a future where Australia's growth is driven by a culture of innovation and we believe skills and capabilities in STEM are the foundations for a vibrant and prosperous economy.

Read our latest publications and research below.

21st Century Minds program

In 2016 we ran the 21st Century Minds (21CM) Accelerator Program which aimed to accelerate the growth of 20 of Australia’s best STEM education initiatives. In 2017/18 we will continue to support Little Scientists and Teach for Australia through strategic relationships, with both organisations receiving $250,000 of in-kind services to further their growth and sustainability. As our relationship with these organisations grow, we’ll continue to explore potential ways of working collaboratively to engage our respective staff, clients, families and communities.

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Careers in tech

Bring your experience and qualifications to the world's leading professional services organisation.

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STEM Academy

If you’re studying in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), STEM Academy can provide you with the chance to learn more about the global shift towards STEM in business, and offer a closer look at what we are doing in this space.

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Publications & Research

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Justine Felton
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