A Conversation with Shell
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Remy de Winter
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A conversation with Shell: Why don’t today’s students want to be engineers?
Should we be thinking again about the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in education? Here at TEDGlobal, technology and innovation will play a big part in conversation so it seems a good chance to talk about how we build a strong pipeline of STEM skills.
I’m deeply interested in science but it’s not often seen as a career prospect. I’ve been out to schools as an industry ambassador to promote the oil and gas industry as an exciting profession to pupils. This has highlighted to me firsthand the urgent need to encourage more young people into STEM subjects. My Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering has given me the chance to work in teams at the cutting edge of technology. Some of the most exciting technology advancements in energy sector are no doubt still to come. STEM skills are vital here and in many other industries.
So how do we ensure that talent keeps coming through the pipeline?