The STEM Insight Programme
The STEM Insight programme offers staff in schools and colleges a unique chance to experience STEM-related work in industrial or university settings.
More information regarding the scheme is here, which also includes a map which shows there are no placement opportunities at all in our region, apart from Exeter and Plymouth and definitely not within our local learning community.
Working in partnership with Petroc, we would like to establish employer & teacher opportunities within North Devon.
· We have many teachers who are interested in this CPD opportunity, but we need
your support to make this happen.
· Are you interested in offering teacher a work placement/s?
· Take part in an opportunity to engage local employers and teachers with the scheme
to aid upskilling and quality improvement in STEM teaching and learning. A first for
· You will receive generous financial support to cover the cost of participating in the
programme from Project ENTHUSE. The fee for participating in the STEM Insight
programme is £283+VAT, with a £1550 bursary for a ten day placement and a £900
bursary for a five day placement.
· The STEM Insight Programme provides an excellent CPD opportunity for teachers,
who can learn more about diverse career paths and opportunities for students.
· Take a look at the Employers Overview here.
Lets create the first North Devon STEM Insight Programme.
The Employment & Skills Board
North Devon+ formed the Employment & Skills Board (ESB) in 2008. The ESB listens to and communicates the needs of employers in relation to business development and employment & skills issues.
The ESB sits on the Local Enterprise Partnership People Group and the LEP Enterprise Education Task & Finish Group. Through this channel we contribute a local perspective to County, Regional and National economic and skills strategies, ensuring the voice of North Devon & Torridge
The Board has five priority areas:
1. Education for work & enterprise
2. Workforce development
3. Business development & support
4. Supporting people into work
5. Fund raising and lobbying
The Local Skills Landscape
To gain a snapshot of local skills issues and learn how North Devon & Torridge differs from
the National picture, the ESB commissioned Skills Research. The data was analysed by SERIO
at Plymouth University. 341 businesses took part and the research is available in the
Who is on the Board?
The Employment & Skills Board (ESB) has voluntary members, the majority of which are private sector business representatives from a variety of sectors, including agriculture, marine, manufacturing, retail, health & social care, construction and tourism.
In addition, the local authorities, schools, college, training providers and support agencies
like the National Apprenticeship Service act in an advisory role to the Board and attend
Depending on current Skills needs, the Board also establishes specific Task Groups. There are currently three active groups:
1. Apprenticeships Steering Group
3. Untapped Talent
The Employment & Skills Manager facilitates the activities of the Board and sits on various local business and school networks, enabling the ESB to keep abreast of local thinking and identify issues at an early stage.
View the ESB Terms of Reference.
When does the Board Meet
The Board meets quarterly with interim e-news updates on local Skills activity.
The Task Groups meet two or three times a year.
The Skills Initiatives
The Board has a Skills Action Plan based on local need. This plan aligns with the Local Enterprise Partnership priorities for Devon & Somerset. It also complements the Skills remit of both Torridge and North Devon Councils. The plan evolves as requirements change, with short-term activities like Skills for Seasonal Workers progressing alongside ongoing initiatives like the Apprenticeships Campaign. Current work includes:
• Apprenticeship Campaign
• Manufacturers Challenge Fund
• Enterprise Passport
• Skills for Seasonal Workers
• Pupil & Employer Engagement Programme (PEEP)
• Schools Technology Awards
We work closely with members and partners to promote growth and productivity for the economic wellbeing of the area. The ESB benefits from access to the extensive North Devon+ business network extending our reach into the community and helping to successfully share important Skills messages for a wider benefit.
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