STEM learning is fundamental to Scotland’s society and economy. Scotland and West Lothian has many notable science discoveries and inventions over the centuries, and it is vital for the economy that we continue to promote and continue to provide and improve STEM education and training to ensure Scotland keeps its place in the future.

Even although successful STEM learners have the potential to earn amongst the highest salaries of all new recruits, employers are finding it difficult to recruit STEM skilled staff.

The science, design and technology, CAD, computer science, craft and design, geography, numeracy and mathematics, english and communication that you are learning at school can lead to an enormous range of career pathways in:

→ Health, Public Services and Care (Sports Science, Nursing, Laboratory Technicians)

→ Science and Mathematics (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Social Science, Mathematics, Applied Science)

→ Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Petroleum, Fabrication and Welding, Automotive, Manufacturing, Automation, Control and Production)

→ Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering, Architectural Technology, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Construction Management, Construction Crafts, Sustainable Construction and Energy Efficiency)

→ Information and Communication Technology (Software Development, Web Development, Digital Media and Gaming, Networking and Security, Desktop and Digital Publishing, Cloud Computing, Mobile Technologies, Cyber Security)

Why West Lothian College?

In February 2015, and then again in March 2018, the College was awarded the prestigious STEM-Assured Standard by the New Engineering Foundation (NEF) – the Innovation Institute. This standard provides a robust framework that benchmarks and recognises excellence in the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) provision. The College was the second in Scotland to achieve this status in 2015. The award is designed and recognised by business and industry, and successful College learners will increase their employability significantly, giving them access to a rewarding career.

The College also has articulation arrangements in place, with many Universities for a wide range of courses. Learners can move from HNC/D courses at College to Degree courses at University.

STEM careers are equally open to males and females and we would be delighted to help you on your way to success.

Read our STEM Manifesto here

To apply for a STEM related course visit here

Find out more about STEM in our interview with local business owner Paula Burns here