Offering pupils insights into studying STEM

Offering pupils insights into studying STEM

An operating theatre and rocket cars were among the insights into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for more than 100 secondary pupils at a special ‘Genius’ event organised by Trafford College.

The Year 9 pupils, about to choose their GCSE options, gained advice about the entry requirements for the different study programmes and pathways available in further and higher education from Trafford College students, with tutors also at hand to share their industry experience in health professions alongside STEM ambassadors from Morgan Sindall Group, Cavendish Nuclear and Insight Technology.

Higher Education Registrar John Simpson said: “Trafford College teamed up with Greater Manchester Higher, a government funded project to raise aspirations and access to higher education among young people aged 13-19 to deliver the event. STEM subjects are really important but sometimes overlooked by pupils, the event was to showcase the exciting career options available.”

Secondary school pupils attended from across Greater Manchester, including Stockport Academy, Co-op Academy, Our Lady’s RC High School, Oasis Academy Leesbrook, Little Lever High School, St Peter’s RC High School and Cedar Mount Academy.

Learners coming to Trafford College, which carries the STEM Assured® standard, are able to choose between apprenticeships and BTECs or NVQs as well as going on to higher level diplomas (HND), certificates (HNC) and degrees in a range of disciplines.

The STEM Assured® standard, which is an industry-backed accreditation, benchmarking excellence in STEM provision. It involves a detailed accreditation process by industry leaders to ensure that STEM teaching is innovative, fit for purpose and delivering maximum value to its students, companies and local regions.