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STEM school-industry partnerships

Partnerships between education and industry are critical for our state’s future. Industry includes small businesses, corporations, councils, non-profit organisations and industry groups that represent employers.

There are many ways that industry can partner with schools including:

  • students can work on a project to solve a real-world problem or answer a complex question from industry
  • industry experts can present to students, sharing in-person or virtually information about their career, their typical workday, and the knowledge, skills and attributes required to be successful in their work.

STEM school-industry partnerships can take on many forms. They may be short or long-term, as simple as a single visit to a classroom, or a partnership over a few months.

Brochure to help you explain the benefits of partnering with a school

The STEM school-industry partnership brochure (PDF 565KB) explains the benefits of partnerships between schools and industry. We’ve designed it for schools to print and share with industry members, or industry members to print and share with their colleagues or leadership team.

Videos about problem-based learning with industry partners

Watch these short videos about problem-based learning with industry partners in a primary school:

Watch these short videos about problem-based learning with industry partners in a secondary school:

How industry groups and employers can connect with schools

CSIRO professionals in schools

STEM Professionals in Schools is a national program that facilitates medium to longer-term partnerships between primary and secondary schools and industry to bring real world STEM into the classroom. For example, students working with business to address an industry real world problem.

Watch this short video to see how the program is working with secondary schools:

Inspiring the Future Australia

Inspiring the Future Australia is a national program that facilitates shorter-term partnerships between primary and secondary schools and industry. Volunteers from industry can share their career story, advice and experience to inspire and motivate young people. It's only a small commitment as little as 1 hour a year.

Employers can also directly contact a local school.

STEM Learning Team

Phone: 8463 5926
EmailEducation.STEM [at] sa.gov.au