Mind the GAP
It is estimated that 1,300 million people with technical skills will be required by 2020. However, Europe is facing a major skills shortage in STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) sectors as highlighted by the Europe 2020 strategy. Furthermore, women make up a very small part of the STEM workforce.
Therefore, it is vital to recruit more young people to STEM subjects. This can contribute to lowering youth unemployment by providing a large number of vacancies to those with the right skills set. For this reason, the GAP project will bring together Vocational Education Training (VET) teachers and individuals working in gender, diversity & STEM related subjects to combat a clear problem: the widening skills gap in the sector and the clear division between men & women. A number of efficient practices will be used in order to recruit/retain girls in STEM ensuring they are not lost during the transition to professional work. In addition, GAP will support VET teachers of STEM subjects to be more inclusive and gender aware in their teaching.