Generation STEM is a 10-year investment into the development and retention of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in New South Wales.

As we move into an era of fast-paced technological disruption, an innovative STEM-skilled workforce will be essential for the growth of our nation and economic prosperity.

There is a clear current and future need for STEM-skilled talent. STEM skills are already in high demand, growing 1.5 times faster than demand for other jobs. The New South Wales Government has made a ten-year $25 million endowment to the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) to establish the Generation STEM initiative to attract, support, retain and train NSW students in STEM and school, into further education and into employment.

Generation STEM will deliver programs that attract more diverse, high‐potential high school students into NSW‐based STEM educational pathways (higher education and vocational education and training) and retain top performers in NSW‐based STEM employment and/or further education.

CSIRO is working closely with industry and the education sector to develop and deliver programs that have proven impact, with a clear focus on achieving measurable results.

Generation STEM Launch Video Transcription

[Aerial view of Varly factory in Western Sydney]

[Close-up of Generation STEM banner as The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee MP, Minster for Skills and Tertiary Education, starts to speak.]

[Video cuts to image of Dr Geoff Lee. As he continues to speak, video cuts to images of people giving speeches at the factory, the crowd listening, and workers finishing off jobs on vehicles.]

“I think Generation STEM offers great partnerships and really should be an exemplar to the rest of the community. Not only is the state government working with CSIRO, but it’s working with real industry, and if you look at the advanced manufacturing right here in Western Sydney, we see some of the best innovations coming out of these firms.”

[Video cuts to Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO.]
[As Dr Larry Marshall continues speaks, images of students touring the Varley factory are shown.]

“Well today we're inside a factory in Western Sydney operated by Varley and it's a great example of how Generation STEM works. It brings kids into a real workplace to actually see science and technology and engineering at play.”

[Video cuts to Jan Dobbie, HR Manager, Varley.]
[As Jan Dobbie continues to speak, images of the vehicles Varley manufactures are shown, including emergency services trucks and vans, and streetsweepers.]

“So Varley designs and manufactures a wide variety of spec vehicles, and we also service most of those vehicles and equipment as well. It is very complicated work and it relies heavily on every aspect of STEM that you could think of.”

[Video cuts to Isabella Kershaw, student, Ingleburn High School.]
[As Isabella continues to speak, images of students learning about how STEM is used at the Varley factory are shown.]

“We had a look at what STEM was all about out in the real world. It gets a bit like ‘same old’ in the classroom but when you take your education outside the classroom it’s a lot more fun then you get to experience a lot more.“

[Video cuts back to Dr Larry Marshall. As he speaks, images of Varley workers manufacturing cars are shown.]

“Doesn't matter what career you follow, you need STEM to help you navigate the technological disruption that’s being driven by innovation.”

[Video cuts back to Jan Dobbie.]
[As Jan Dobbie continues, close-up images of work being done on vehicles are shown, followed by images of the factory.]

“STEM is crucial, it truly exists in every job that we have and we need to know that people joining us have great foundation skills and the capacity and willingness to grow and evolve across all elements of STEM, because jobs change as well.”

[Video cuts to The Hon. Dr Geoff Lee MP speaking to students before cutting to him speaking on camera.]

“We know that we have to give everybody that opportunity said that they learn science, technology, engineering, and maths. We want to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, even astronauts.”

[Video cuts to images of dignitaries having photos in front of Generation STEM banners with students as Dr Larry Marshall continues.]

“STEM skills give you the ability to change things that previous generations thought were impossible and provide real solutions to make life better for all of us. “

[Video ends on CSIRO logo.]

Generation STEM launch in Western Sydney

How will students benefit?

  • Exposure to real-world applications of STEM. 
  • Development of problem-solving skills. 
  • Heightened awareness of local STEM career pathways and opportunities.

How will communities benefit?

  • Higher levels of youth engagement in solving community challenges by engaging with industry and local government.
  • Engaging STEM-based activities for students, which may increase transferable skills and encourage interest in continuing STEM-based study.
  • Enhanced connections between local schools, local industry and the broader STEM networks.
  • Increased number of 'work-ready' students transitioning into the local STEM workforce.

Governance arrangements

To assist with the strategic direction of the program, SIEF has appointed a panel of highly regarded STEM professionals to the Generation STEM Consultative Council to provide advice and recommendations. CSIRO Education and Outreach manages and delivers Generation STEM, consulting bi-annually with the council regarding the direction and programs of the initiative.

Learn more about Generation STEM

To learn more about Generation STEM or to register your interest in the STEM Community Partnerships Program, contact the team.

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