The STEM Plymouth Strategic Plan has been developed by Plymouth’s private, public, military and third sectors and lays the foundations to 2022 to secure Plymouth’s future and support our region as the South West’s STEM city. It is about building strength in our STEM economy, STEM education and STEM research in Britain’s Ocean City
As a specific focus within the overall Plan for Employment and Skills, the STEM Plymouth Strategic Plan is linked into our Plan for Education. These all sit below our Plymouth Plan to create a more prosperous city for all:
● to deliver a healthy and informed city of learning
● to strengthen Plymouth’s role in the region
● to deliver Plymouth - the international city
There is tremendous effort in Plymouth to ‘join up’ our education, economy, heritage and culture to support the efforts of our employers, their employees and those developing their individual talents in all our schools and colleges, preparing for the world of work.
The flexibility of the workforce is critical for future development. Silo thinking when it comes to the traditional professions is no longer matching the pace of change within our organisations. It is critical that we develop transferable skills that can be used more generically as well as across the STEM areas to ensure our workforce can adapt to the needs of Plymouth in the future.
By collectively focusing on our STEM economy and education with renewed vigour, we can support Plymouth’s growing STEM business sectors in line with the agreed direction of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, the South Coast Marine Cluster, the Plymouth Growth Board, the Plymouth Employment and Skills Board, the Plymouth Manufacturing Group, Digital Plymouth, Building Plymouth, Babcock International Group and the Royal Navy at Devonport Naval Base.
It is expected that the STEM Plymouth Strategic Plan will be an example of good leadership practice and, with an influential senior mandate, is transparent and happily links into wider regional impetus to contribute to a proactive and effective regional identity for STEM excellence in output on an international stage.
Many of the solutions will depend on organisations planning more closely together than ever before, and also on individuals and communities being empowered to take control of their own lives and neighbourhoods. It will also require us to look beyond traditional ways of planning so that complex issues are addressed in an integrated and holistic way
The importance of growing and keeping new STEM talent within our area cannot be underestimated as, whilst geographical mobility is becoming more prevalent in the UK labour market, people who have the greatest ties to the South West initially are the people who are most likely to stay with us and be the backbone of our future workforce
The STEM Plymouth Strategic Plan is visionary - setting out in an integrated way how Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths can contribute to what we want our city to be like in 2031. There have been considerable STEM related infrastructure and strategy initiatives in Plymouth and the time is ripe to consolidate partnership planning to ensure a cohesive strategy for Plymouth which widens liaison across public, private and military sectors and impacts to increase the current 25% of pupils in Plymouth who take STEM academic and vocational subjects post 16.