Science Foundation Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills have launched a study asking individuals and businesses across Ireland to assess their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) engagement with schools and third-level institutions in 2017. This is part of a wider plan to identify and improve STEM support for students in Ireland.

The first phase of the plan is a tailored online survey which will take businesses no more than five to fifteen minutes to complete, depending on their engagement levels.

Please note that all responses are received on an agreed understanding of confidentiality and commercial sensitivity.

The survey’s outcomes will provide a quantitative stocktake of the industry initiatives supporting STEM education that are currently in place in Ireland. Results of the survey will feed into the Government’s overall plan to make Irish STEM education the best in Europe, whilst providing Irish learners with an education that nurtures curiosity, problem-solving, creativity and confidence. Robust and sustainable partnerships between schools, business and industry, public sector bodies, research organisations, further and higher-level institutions, and the Arts will be actively encouraged in order to achieve this. The plan will also place greater emphasis on identifying schools in need of improved STEM resources. This will contribute towards the overall vision of generating a pipeline of talented scientists and innovators that will secure Ireland’s position at the forefront of the ongoing worldwide technological revolution.

The survey is now open, and we invite companies from all over Ireland to task a member of their organisation with completing it: