STEAM Commission

STEAM Commission

STEAM Commission

13 May 2016

Camden Council is launching a commission with the aim of raising aspirations and improving access to the great opportunities for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) careers within the borough.

Camden's STEAM Commission will bring together the unique blend of businesses in the borough, celebrating the existing relationships between industry and local schools, and exploring opportunities for greater collaboration.

There is strong evidence that employers across the STEM industries need recruits with creative as well as technical skills – people who can visualise, communicate, experiment, question and create.

The CBI has warned that more than 50% of businesses are likely to see a shortfall in STEM skilled staff in the coming years, with many reporting a lack of communication skills or cultural awareness amongst applicants. Nesta and others have highlighted the importance of the creative economy to the UK.

The commission will look at new ways STEM learning and the creative disciplines can be combined, inspiring our young people towards the huge range of opportunities available locally, and additionally hopes to:

  • Improve connections and relationships between schools, universities and businesses in the STEAM sectors within Camden

  • Highlight the importance of STEAM to Camden’s economy and Camden’s specific role for the STEAM sectors

  • Provide information for schools, students and policy makers about what skills and experience will help with careers in STEAM

  • Identify and assess activities that schools, often in partnership with businesses, can deliver to give students the experience and skills for careers in STEAM

  • Promote and create momentum for the new schools/business brokerage role

  • Promote the London Ambitions Careers Offer and identify actions to deliver the seven key elements

  • Launch the Careers Clusters bid if successful

We are holding a series of events to draw together the knowledge and experience of local school and business leaders, exploring opportunities for collaboration. Hosted at leading centres of Camden’s STEAM industries and featuring a range of expert speakers, the events will launch an enhanced careers offer for young people and drive work to close the skills gap for local employers.

Beginning with two workshops exploring the challenges and intersections across individual STEAM industries, the learning and evidence will finally be brought together in a keynote conference for school and business heads. Full details of the events and how to attend can be found below:

If you have any questions about Camden’s STEAM Commission, or would like to know how you can be involved, please contact Nick Humfrey (, 020 7974 4027).


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