Supporting the future of STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills and knowledge will be a large part of learning, future jobs and our everyday lives.

The Industry Capabilities and Inclusion team partnered with Jacobs Engineering Group to provide opportunities to the future generation of workers. Female students, years 7 to 10 from metropolitan, regional and rural areas were invited to take part in a webinar where they heard from some of Victoria’s foremost female industry leaders and completed a real time STEM design challenge.

STEM education develops capabilities such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration and ethical decision making. These skills helped to assist students as they learnt about the multiple challenges involved in building a new station and managing a budget while contributing to sustainable development goals.

Our STEM workshop helps students to understand what STEM is in our industry, discover what engineers do and learn about different career pathways.

“The students threw themselves into the design challenge with their results highlighting their commitment to sustainability and accessibility, whilst also grasping the complexity of real- life constraints,” Anna Loughan said. (Civil Engineer, Rail Track and Civil Designer at Jacobs)

Rail Careers is the school engagement program of the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, led by the Rail Academy. The STEM workshop delivered with support from Jacobs Engineering Group is part of the Training for the Future Program.

We have recently transitioned the STEM workshop to an online format so that students can still access our program offerings. Despite students learning virtually in the comfort of their Ugg boots, this program will result in a new generations of rail talent in Victoria ready to transition into their steal caps.