For Europe to stay at the forefront of innovation and economic growth, the STEM skills gap needs to be addressed. By 2025, it is expected there will be 8.2 million new STEM jobs in Europe3. Today, there are not enough graduates to meet the predicted demand – and research suggests the situation may not improve as schoolchildren become less likely to pursue STEM subjects the older they get. The situation is further exacerbated by the gender imbalance as women remain a minority in STEM-related careers.
STEM education fuels the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviours that underpin inclusive and sustainable societies, and with education integral to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, STEM education – together with gender equality – are catalysts towards achieving all the other sustainable development goals.