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National Science Week 2017

Posted on 30 August 2017
National Science Week 2017

STEM and VET


Each year in August, Australia celebrates National Science Week. This year, it runs from 12-20 August. The event highlights the contribution of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the economy. While much of  the literature on STEM education is around higher education qualifications and the pathways between secondary and higher education, vocational education and training (VET) also plays a significant role in the development of STEM skills for the workplace.

Late last year, NCVER completed a project, Defining STEM knowledge and skills for vocational occupations, that sought to identify the place of VET in delivering the STEM skills and to provide clarity around the definition of STEM competency. Reports from this project are: What is STEM? The need for unpacking its definitions and applications and Measuring STEM in vocational education and training.

If you're looking for more information about the role of VET in STEM skills development, both Australian and international, go to NCVER's VOCEDplus website. A good place to start is the STEM skills Podlet which contains links to research and resources on the topic.

Some recent publications in VOCEDplus:


Attrition of women in STEM: examining job/major congruence in the career choices of college graduates
Engaging the future of STEM: a study of international best practice for promoting the participation of young people, particularly girls, in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)
From school work to real work: how education fails students in the real world
Strengthening school-industry STEM skills partnerships
Technology-driven productivity improvements and the future of work: emerging research and opportunities

Tags: STEM pathways

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