Sunday 25 September 2016

School teachers to join corporate world in STEM push

Published 01/06/2016 | 02:30

Interns James Doyle, Amy Bennett, Clodagh Finnegan and Tom McMahon launch the new learning programme. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Interns James Doyle, Amy Bennett, Clodagh Finnegan and Tom McMahon launch the new learning programme. Photo: Naoise Culhane

Trainee teachers are being given the opportunity to work in the corporate world for three months, as part of a paid internship, to learn more about the type of careers available to students of STEM subjects.

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The programme, jointly organised by Dublin City University, Accenture, and the 30pc Club, is designed to give young teachers hands-on industry experience of working in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) role.

The programme is designed to enable them to inform future students, particularly female students, about the opportunities that are available.

Teachers will work in Accenture as summer interns at the company's technology practice, working on real-life client projects as well as in a recently established Centre for Innovation.

The pilot programme will see five trainee teachers from the third year of Dublin City University's degree in Science Education take up their positions in Accenture.

Organisers hope that the scheme will expand to other trainee teacher programmes, and into other companies. In 2013 and 2015 Accenture carried out research on attracting more females into STEM and found that although the vast majority of girls realised that STEM subjects create career opportunities, a high proportion believed that the subjects are too difficult and better suited to males.

"Our research findings were stark and the position has not changed since we first conducted this research in 2013," said Paula Neary, an Accenture managing director.

Irish Independent

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