Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, has encouraged university maths and science students to act as ambassadors for STEM subjects in their local communities.
Minister Andrews made the comments while officially opening the Australians Maths and Science Institute winter school at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane that's attracted students from around the country.
“It was a great honour to be invited to open the 13th AMSI Winter School being held at QUT that's attracted some of Australia's best young maths and science minds,” Minister Andrews said.
“We know that maths and science will be extremely important for the jobs of the future but Australia still needs more people taking up the subjects, particularly women.
“Graduates with skills in data science will be particularly sought along with those who've studied engineering and technology based courses.”
“Students attending the Winter School are showing great dedication by taking time out from their mid-year break to attend the lectures and further their knowledge in the field.
“I want them to use their passion for maths and science to promote the subjects to young people in their home towns so that they stick with them through school and possibly go on to use them in tertiary education.
“It's not just through university that students can use their maths skills to secure the jobs of the future, vocational education also offers many courses that lead to jobs of the future through maths ands science studies.”