STEM Futures Team

STEM Futures Team

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory |

STEM* Futures is a scheme designed by a collaboration of partners across Government, Industry and Academia to steward key capabilities. Together we’re building a talent programme to address skills and experience gaps in STEM disciplines across the Defence Enterprise. This is a cost neutral scheme: sharing expertise, time and resource. We are building deliberate dependencies between Partner organisations, so that each will specialise in developing different skills for our combined workforces.

Our people participate in secondments to other employers for up to 12 months; this works unilaterally across all the Partners who have signed up to the overarching contract. For maximum efficiency we are seeking to specialise our training by employer so that we don’t all have to sustain a broad capability. It is cost effective because it can take years for some specialists to become fully competent, and we already have (in each organisation) a good pool of senior mentors. We supplement on the job training with education such as trailblazer apprenticeships and working towards professional qualifications, for example Charterships. This scheme is designed to develop technical leadership; we are targeting niche and scarce skills areas so as not to replicate generic programmes in existence.

[*Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths]