Birmingham University aims to tackle STEM skills shortage

Today sees the launch of a new initiative at Birmingham City University (BCU) to tackle the shortage in STEM skills – especially ICT.

Academy Cube, a career and online-learning platform, helps STEM students and workers to identify and develop skills and qualifications for specific roles in the workplace.

Academy Cube is looking at the problem in the UK as part of a wider European issue and is taking the lead by establishing the UK National Office to develop the STEM strategy in the UK and Ireland.

Ardavan Amini, director of the centre for enterprise systems at BCU, said: "This is a great opportunity for Birmingham City University to play a key role in addressing STEM skills shortages. As well as developing the skills of our own students, through the running of Academy Cube's UK headquarters here in Birmingham, we'll also be helping to equip future technologists and engineers from across the country with the appropriate skills they need for a long and successful career.”

CEO of the Academy Cube, Bernd Böckenhoff, added: "With Birmingham City University, Academy Cube found the perfect partner to get talents into STEM jobs and address the lack of skilled labour in UK and Ireland. Without co-operation like this, Europe will lack the experts it needs in the long-term to drive innovation."

By 2020, the current shortfall of engineers in the UK is forecast to reach one million.

Dr Bernd Welz, executive vice president at SAP, said: "We're delighted that Birmingham City University will be the home to Academy Cube's UK National Office, where talents are able to prepare themselves for specific jobs in the STEM sector whilst starting their careers in an exciting and promising field."