Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

STEM is frequently talked about; discover what it is and why it’s so important for your future career opportunities.

We live in a rapidly changing world, technological and scientific advances are being made all the time, improving our daily lives, quality of life and how we work. This is an exciting world to work in with great career progression. Locally, nationally and internationally, there are vacancies and skills shortages in these areas so there are great job opportunities for all. 

Having STEM skills makes you very employable. Demand for people working in STEM is high and set to increase even more over the coming years. They also attract good salaries. 

A student holding up a science dish in a laboratory

STEM refers to skills and knowledge from four subject areas: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

At Harrogate College, we offer courses at all levels with progression to higher level study built into our progression routes, right up to university level.

STEM education combines knowledge and practical experience, developing the essential skills employers are looking for. We call these the STEM seven:

  • Creative thinking 
  • Problem solving 
  • Communication 
  • Collaborative working
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Flexibility 
  • Data-driven decision making 

There is such an emphasis on STEM education because our economy and future depends on the skills and knowledge from STEM subjects. People who understand how to anticipate problems and create solutions will always be in demand.

Studying a STEM course will allow you to progress on to a range of jobs in: software development, health, data security, engineering, motor vehicle, laboratories, renewable energy and environment, psychology, games development, computer programming, medical science, actuary, conservation, artificial intelligence or petroleum engineering to name a few!

Interested in STEM? Check out our STEM courses here.