Skills in STEM are key to Florida's and the nation's future and competitiveness. So important, in fact, that 80% of jobs in the future will be STEM-related.
Employers and industry leaders can promote STEM through a number of ways, and STEMflorida is here to help.
Internships provide excellent opportunity for students and those interested in STEM fields to gain real-world experience and exposure to career pathways, mentors, and the steps needed to grow in a particular field. For businesses, internships can serve as a powerful recruitment strategy. These relationships provide opportunity to cultivate talent among younger workers or students eager to explore career options, to explore whether workers with little direct experience are a good fit, and to increase the feedback loop with local schools, universities, and training programs.
Mentoring programs expose students to career pathways, and provide linkage to valuable role models successful in their field of interest. For a student without family or direct peers working in the STEM field they hope to enter, these opportunities can be game-changing.
Externships are a unique means for STEM businesses to connect directly with educators who can champion the knowledge and career awareness they gain back to their classrooms, students, and peer educators.
Our communities, at every level, need strong and informed STEM champions. Business leaders passionate about the future of their industries and about STEM should consider engagement in their communities. Within local communities and regions, participation on regional workforce boards (RWBs) can provide a conduit for communicating about the specific skills and talent requirements they and peer industries are seeking. Engagement with local economic development organizations and chambers of commerce can bring business leaders to a platform where they can share insights about what makes their community and region competitive for similar STEM employers, and provide a channel for contributing input on related policies and programs. STEMflorida welcomes business leaders ready to serve as STEM champions for Florida, where your insights, concerns, and aspirations can help shape the future of STEM in our state. If you want to connect and engage with your community, but are not sure where to start, contact us for help.