The world is entering a digital transformation so profound that it is now widely considered the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
UK companies have an opportunity to lead, with Swindon at the heart of that revolution, at the centre of the M4 corridor, and with UK Research & Innovation on our doorstep.
But there’s a critical factor holding us back.
The shortage of STEM skills is estimated to cost businesses £1.5 billion a year in recruitment, temporary staffing, inflated salaries and additional training costs. The STEM Skills Indicator reveals that 89% of STEM businesses have found it difficult to hire staff with the required skills in the last 12 months.
With our location, and key brands such as Intel, the Science Museum, UK Space Agency and UKRI – amongst many others – we have the chance to not only inspire more young people to pursue STEM careers, but also to show them that Swindon is the place to be to develop them.
We’ll be sharing some of the exciting ways we’ve begun to do just this and the challenges we face, from opportunities in immersive Virtual Reality, to engaging young people with the ethics of programming.
We’ll be demonstrating techniques and technology, and learning how attendees are facing this critical challenge.