South West College in Northern Ireland and Cornwall College in England have celebrated with a big bang their achievement of the highly sought after STEM Assured Status in recognition for excellence in science, technology, engineering and maths.
From robotics to marine sciences, students and staff, Government Ministers, Members of Parliament and other civic dignitaries joined the celebrations to recognise the achievements of the two colleges.
Dr Stephen Farry, NI Minister for Employment and Learning said:
“I congratulate South West College on achieving STEM Assured Status. This award demonstrates the college’s capability in delivering STEM provision that meets the needs of business and industry, which is critical to our future success. As our economy continues to change, we are increasingly dependent on people with skills and qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths.”
South West College is the first Institution in Northern Ireland to achieve the demanding STEM Assured standard.
Raoul Humphreys, Cornwall College Acting Principal and CEO said: “We are really pleased to receive this award as NEF has really pushed and challenged us. It provides recognition for our work in STEM subjects and allows us to showcase what we do in the community and with our partners in schools."
“We are developing STEM all the time through the breadth of the courses we offer and we are providing opportunities for students to obtain qualifications to make them employable for the highly skilled jobs available in today’s world.”