METHIL’S Renewables Innovation Centre was the focus once again of a new breakthrough business venture.
The prestigious venue hosted the launch of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) strategy for Fife, during the the Comenius Regio Seminar.
The project involves colleges and employers working together to ensure education and skills delivered in Fife meet the standards in science, technology, engineering and mathematics necessary to carry forward growth in related industries. STEM is an Opportunities Fife initiative being led by Fife College.
The approach taken reflects many of the messages shared by the Comenius Regio project, which saw best practices in education shared between Scotland and Poland.
The next stage of STEM project will focus on developing opportunities for education and economic growth across Europe.
Councillor Tony Martin, Fife Council’s ambassador for youth employment, said: “Fife is leading the way in developing this robust employer-led strategy.
“This will ensure our young people training in Fife meet the specific job requirements for industries growing and being encouraged into Fife.
“This will create jobs for Fife people, and help make Fife businesses stronger and more competitive.”
Lucinda McAllister, Fife Council service manager for employability and employer engagement, said: “Lifelong learning programmes are changing their focus to centre training on skills and employability. ESF Lifelong Learning Funding 2014-2020 for youth employment initiative across Europe is shifting its emphasis to reflect this change.”
Janet McCauslin, assistant principal of Carnegie College, said: “Far too few people are aware of the huge range of career opportunities available to young people in Fife companies and the Strategy Group aims to address this lack of awareness.”