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Career Evolution: A STEM Interactive Initiative

Over the next decade, tens of thousands of exciting well-paid jobs in advanced manufacturing will become available. Tens of thousands of jobs for young people, right here, in Western Sydney. However, there is a skills shortage - a gap that has been recognised by government and industry - and here’s how your school can play a vital role in bridging this gap. 

Industry 4.0 is driving seismic shifts in education and the future of work. Skills gaps are widening and there is a shortage of workers entering key growth sectors, particularly within STEM based roles such manufacturers, scientists, technicians and engineers.

Latest research from Engineers Australia shows that declining rates of secondary students taking up STEM aligned subjects will have significant impacts as we transition from a resource-based economy to one that is more technologically driven.

The unique combination of a high percentage of manufacturers and an aggressive growth agenda magnifies these issues for Western Sydney.

Funded by the Federal Government, The Connection has developed Career Evolution, a STEM initiative designed to address and bridge the skills gap through education and better connection between schools and industry within the region.

The initiative targets Year 9-12 students in Western Sydney that will be providing the future workforce for some of the country’s largest infrastructure developments.

It not only positions the future vision for the region as something for them to aspire to, but also showcases the creativity and innovation that is, for the most part, hiding right now behind countless humble factory doors throughout Western Sydney.

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Program Objectives

1. Inspire and inform secondary students to consider a career in STEM aligned, locally based, future facing industries such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defence

2. Showcase the creativity, innovation and opportunity located on their doorstep that will provide skilled, well-paid and sustainable jobs well into the future

3. Demonstrate the practical and cognitive real-world use of STEM

4. Expand the industry networks for students, schools, career advisors and parents in the local area

5. Assist students and career advisors to better understand the relevant career paths available to students

6. Provide industry with an opportunity to invest in the future workforce of Western Sydney

Program Overview

Career Evolution 2022 will be held on Thursday 28th April, 2022. The program will be delivered virtually to the classroom as a half day interactive incursion and will be hosted by the program’s Ambassador, Dr Jordan Nguyen.

Dr Nguyen is one of Australia’s most innovative engineers, designing a mind controlled wheelchair at just 21 years of age. Dr Nguyen continues to lead in innovative design thinking with a focus on design for humanity. Born and educated in Western Sydney, Dr Nguyen is young, relatable and passionate about STEM education.

Program Details

9.00am: Dr Nguyen to welcome students and introduce the program (10 mins)

9.10am: Virtual tours of STEM employer facilities (45 mins)

The pre-recorded virtual tours will feature a look behind the doors of some of the country’s most innovative and exciting STEM employers including Tik Tok, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Sydney Water and Channel 9. We will also hear from a young entrepreneur specialising in digital art and NFT.

9.55am: Teacher led class discussion (15 mins)

10.10am: Live Q&A (45 mins)

Some of the young and dynamic STEM professionals from our featured employers will share insights into their career journey. Students will have the opportunity to ask live questions as part of this professionally produced and hosted session.

11.30am: Hands-on STEM activity delivered in partnership with CSIRO (60 mins)

Aimed at bringing advanced manufacturing to life, students will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on STEM activity in the classroom. This activity will be supported by the supply of materials, instructions and a virtual demonstration.

12.30pm: Program concludes

Further Career Exploration 

On completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply to meet with mentors, spend time with potential employers and hear more about careers in technology at Australia's first landmark music + tech festival – Sound West
  • Participate in employer site visits to experience workplaces first hand
  • Register their interest for traineeships

Fitting With Existing Programs

This program is designed to deliver the highest possible impact with minimal resource investment from schools and industry, making it easy for everyone to engage.

Join The Program

Click here to register your school or for further information contact:

Amanda Brisot, General Manager

Western Sydney Business Connection


M: 0421 118 441     

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