“Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment.” – Social Traders
COVID-19 is upon us, the ‘new normal’ will impact all of us, our education system requires a radical change. In 2017, we presented ‘Flip Learning’ methods to a bemused audience at a conference in India. Now in 2020, this has become a reality. Here in Australia, the over-reliance on foreign investment must end and we have no choice but to build our own economy right from the grassroots level. Corona Virus has shown us that over-dependence on overseas manufacturers has crippled our economy.
It was reported in 2011, 25 percent of the manufactured imports come from China. The demand for our natural resources stagnated ever since. With COVID-19, we can officially declare STEM Education is the key to our economy. In 2020, nothing has changed except our export market is shrinking.
Australia cannot afford to be seen as the warehouse of the world. New technologies, intelligent and innovative industries in Australia can create billions of local and international opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Australian STEM Courses creates learning opportunities within the vocational education sector through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing framework. Currently, we are working with several not-for-profit organisation in Australia with taster courses for high school students in 3D printing technology, laser engraving, and 3D milling machines. Our aim is to create seeding opportunities for students to choose STEM as a preferred area of interest in their high studies. In over two decades of experience in working alongside the Technical And Further Education (TAFE) NSW and lecturers from universities in Australia. We have concluded that Australia was moving more towards the financial sector and increase its education market
Did you know Australia is the 3rd most preferred destination for international students?
The education sector is more than a $22 billion industry in Australia. International student numbers in Australia are set to exceed one million beyond 2020. US visa changes and Brexit is contributing to this shift.
We are a bunch of social entrepreneurs willing to influence parents to invest their education dollars wisely. Our ‘Social Enterprise’ concept stands in between a monolithic standardised education system and the cry for customisation in the different ways students consume learning. The problem we see exacerbates when we put the teacher in the middle. Our concept removes the teacher who is thought to be the ‘sage on the stage’ to a more collaborative peer learning and computer-based learning. The teacher now becomes a facilitator to a new disruptive way new way of blended learning.
How will it work in real life?
Our STEM learning opportunities can cater to onsite as well as remote learning. Students with a good internet connection can learn from pretty much any where in Australia. We understand that not everyone can afford computers or have access to internet.
Whenever there are jitters in the market, people react and take a short term view to mitigate the disruption. We’ve seen this after the Dot Com burst in 2000 and the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008. It is no different during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last ten years, students enrolling in STEM subjects have drastically declined. This is partly because they do not see a future in Australia for their skills. When Australia is over-reliant on cheaper overseas manufacturers, no wonder the student enrolment in STEM-related courses in Australia has declined. Lack of skilled workers is a big concern in Australia, companies have no choice but to offshore their operations or hire foreign workers to fill in the gap.
Our mission is to reduce the gap between what the student study in schools and the industry needs. Today students are studying for jobs that won’t exist in the future. STEM trained employees have a better chance of securing lucrative jobs. Our aim is to develop our students to be job-ready.
Do you know where will you be in 10 years from now? Contact us, we will show you how.