Recognising the growing regional cluster of science based businesses, teaching and research centres, allied to long term career opportunitites in sectors such as energy and life sciences, we want to help build a science region.
HIE will create and strengthen knowledge exchange links between universities and businesses, promote opportunities for young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and invest in science based initiatives which align with the Scottish Government's Economic Strategy.
Working with local authorities, the Universitiy of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and other partners, we will support the development of a regional Science Centre.
In recent years Scotland has been moving towards a knowledge based economy where a strong supply of skilled graduates is needed to sustain and grow the economy. The movement away from traditional, seasonal labour based work has meant that the Highlands and Islands have an increasing reliance on skilled workers.
In order to meet these objectives, initiatives have been undertaken that aim to improve the Highlands and Islands STEM skills shortfalls, these include:
The Highlands and Islands aims to be a region that provides exceptional education that can supply its economic growth sectors with STEM skills. It aims to be a region that school leavers actively choose to remain in and attracts new talent because it can provide top-quality education combined with excellent job opportunities for STEM graduates. The retention of skills in the region will fuel further growth and innovation allowing the region to lead the nation in science innovation and knowledge.