Deloitte joins with LifeJourney for Day of STEM
17 November 2015: As Australia continues its transition to a services-based knowledge economy, technology has become the new influencer, and enabler, when it comes to the development of the country’s future workforce.
To this end, and understanding the importance of developing a strong talent pipeline, Deloitte has joined with LifeJourney to launch Australia’s inaugural Day of STEM, to mentor students and to drive the nation’s STEM - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - IQ.
Founded in 2012, LifeJourney, which recently established a presence in Australia, enables students to test drive their future by living a day in the life of Australia’s STEM and Cyber leaders.
The Day of STEM is a national initiative designed to raise the national IQ for STEM and cybersecurity careers, inspiring the next generation of Australian STEM professionals through an interactive, online awareness LifeJourney program that will enable students to test-drive STEM careers and live a day in the life of the nation’s leading STEM professionals.
A recent Deloitte Access Economics report for the Australian Computer Society confirmed Australia’s need for a workforce equipped with the ICT skills necessary to fuel digitally-driven economic growth. According to Australia’s Digital Pulse, in spite of significant demand, for ICT professionals, the number of graduates with ICT qualifications has declined significantly since the early 2000s. Only 18% of the Australian workforce has STEM qualifications - and 81% are male. This creates an enormous opportunity for students, and in particular women.
And Deloitte Access Economics’ 2014 report for Professor Ian Chubb and the Office of the Chief Scientist, Australia’s STEM workforce: A survey of employers, confirmed the critical role STEM education is playing in Australia’s ability to innovate, expand, and remain a competitive force globally. The survey found STEM graduates are in high demand in Australian workplaces but there is awareness, and concern, around the current lack of STEM participation in schools and the future supply of adequate STEM skills.
Matt Saines, Deloitte Risk Advisory partner, acknowledged the need to develop this future knowledge economy workforce: “Every business, and that certainly includes Deloitte, has a responsibility to invest effort and resources into building Australia’s future workforce.
“STEM education is one of Australia’s most pressing workforce challenges. It touches every aspect of our economy, from telecommunications and mining technologies to cybersecurity, and as a LifeJourney partner, Deloitte will provide its own mentors in cybersecurity and technology consulting to expose students to real-world careers and show them how the things they are already passionate about might align with the skills we will need in the future.”
Attending today’s Day of STEM launch in Melbourne, Kaylene O’Brien, Deloitte Consulting Technology Partner said: “STEM is one of the toughest areas to recruit due to the small talent pool, particularly for women. Deloitte is well positioned to play a leadership role in driving our STEM transformation, and through LifeJourney, candidates get the opportunity to experience the opportunities available for them in a professional services firm like Deloitte, and to get a strong feel for the amazing opportunities a STEM career can offer.”
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