Ericsson Ireland hosted a Seeing Is Believing event in their Athlone Software Campus for 15 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers and career guidance counsellors from the midlands region to create a greater awareness of STEM careers that exist for students.
Seeing Is Believing is a new BITCI initiative which also supports ‘Smart Futures’, a collaborative industry and education framework, raising awareness of STEM careers at post-primary level. The goal of this initiative is to give STEM teachers a deep and engaging insight into leading STEM sector companies and the innovative and diverse range of opportunities and careers that exist within the local region.
Representatives from Ericsson Ireland gave an overview of the company’s business and insight into the need for STEM talent to fill positions in the growth areas of data and communications technology. The teachers engaged in active discussions on STEM careers and learned about the skills and attributes required to work in these careers. Teachers could see first-hand how STEM skills are being used in the workplace and how the syllabi of STEM subjects they teach at second level are relevant to the needs of employers.
“As a maths teacher I found the programming talk fascinating,”
“It was hugely informative. Technology is mysterious to “civilians” – it was a fascinating insight to the new developments involved”
“Thank you for the opportunity to see the cutting edge research and development you are involved with. It was an eye-opener”.
We commend Ericsson Ireland on their vision and leadership within the region for STEM promotion and value their contribution to the building of Ireland’s knowledge economy.