The next wave of industrial revolution is well underway. Australian businesses of the future will require people with STEM (science, technology engineering and mathematics) skills, and those without this knowledge will likely struggle.
Australian high school students are falling behind their global peers in their engagement with the STEM subjects, and the participation of girls in the STEM subjects is of particular concern. STEM literacy is weak compared to their OECD peers.
As leaders, we have a moral obligation to enable all our young people to participate to the fullest in the modern economy. Part of that is ensuring they have both the inspiration and the opportunity to engage with the STEM subjects.