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Putting STEM to work

“When people think of an industrial factory, they think dark, dirty and heavy lifting and it’s not that way anymore…People don’t understand that…it’s meant for somebody with higher analytical skills and higher troubleshooting abilities [as well as for somebody] who can turn a wrench.”
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/01/12/apprenticeships-could-provide-a-pathway-to-the-middle-class?int=a40109
We have noted before that more than half of future jobs may require STEM skills. It’s not just the aircraft designer who requires STEM skills, but what about developing the electronics and mechanics, the welder or riveter on the wing, or the technician wiring up the electronics. The ability to think creatively, to persevere with a problem, to collaborate and communicate clearly is essential to any job going forward regardless of its nature.
Increasingly, It is important for job applicants to improve their prospects by having some of these skills in place before they enter the job market or college. Some enterprises, such as the German industrial giant Siemens, have taken the initiative by hiring prospective workers as apprentices, and by establishing relationships with schools and collages to fund their education while they work. This puts the apprentice in line for a high-paying job after they graduate, and provides industry with a steady inflow of suitable job applicants.
Such strategies are essential for student success, and Village Glen is determined to play its part by ensuring our students are among the best qualified for 21st Century jobs. We do this by providing them the soft skills that are essential to workplace success—the ability to think clearly and creatively, to present effectively, to collaborate and meet a deadline, and to turn a wrench. We want our students set with an array of practical skills and cognitive ones, so that they can reason as well as make and do. In this way they are prepared for whatever the future may bring—such skills will enable them not only to survive, but also to thrive.

Practical and cognitive skills required
Practical and cognitive skills required

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