A new programme aimed at inspiring young Junior Cycle students to explore a new world of career possibilities that are opened up through the study of STEM related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) has been announced today.
Futurewize is jointly-sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry partner Fidelity Investments.
It is designed by Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and developed for delivery by business volunteers.
The official launch of the Futurewize programme was attended by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. who lent his support to the innovative programme.
In 2016/17, more than 2,000 students will complete Futurewize with 80 trained business volunteers from Fidelity Investments and other volunteer companies.
Working with the 13-15 year olds in their own classrooms once a week for five weeks, Futurewize volunteers will serve to highlight the importance and relevance of STEM subjects and their links to a huge range of potential career pathways.
A key focus of Futurewize is bridging the existing gender gap in girls pursuing further education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths related fields. The Futurewize (STEM skills) programme will have 60% female participation levels on the course.
Schools partners on the Futurewize programme are based across the country in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and the Border Counties.
Speaking at the launch, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. said, "Futurewize will shine a light on the career options open to students in STEM and is a great example of an industry education initiative supporting Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025."