What Is Stem Exchange

Bringing Young People, Teachers and Employers together to support STEM experiences in industry.

What we do at the STEM Exchange

The STEM Exchange acts as a matching service, providing teachers and young people (aged 14 and over) with the opportunity to access face-to-face science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) experiences offered by employers.

It was established by Semta and originally commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).


Employers who support The STEM Exchange provide vital opportunities for young people to gain first-hand experience of what it’s really like to work in STEM. They can offer a wide range of opportunities from work experience to careers events and recruitment days.

They can also offer similar opportunities to teachers, helping them to gain a better industry insight to help their students to progress into a STEM related career.


Teachers signed up to The STEM Exchange can link up with local employers, accessing opportunities from guided tours to webinars, from CPD workshops to access to online resources such as training materials.


By signing up to the STEM Exchange young people aged 14 and over can access work experience, work shadowing, webinars and a whole host of other opportunities from across a wide range of STEM industries.

Getting work experience lets young people see what these industries are really like to work in. It’s also a great way to show their proactivity and to demonstrate their drive and enthusiasm to future employers.

Key Facts

Over the next five years, 40% of engineering firms expect to increase their demand for intermediate skills and 71% expect to increase demand for higher skills (CBI/Pearson 2017)

Working in Partnership With

GetMyFirstJob Working In Partnership With StemExperience
Education and Training Foundation Working In Partnership With StemExperience
EAL Working In Partnership With StemExperience
Year of Engineering Working In Partnership With StemExperience

What Employers Are Saying.

"With an ageing workforce across manufacturing and skills shortages beginning to bite, it is vital that industry and further education collaborate to ensure we have the right skills to meet the future needs of both RPC and the wider industry – that’s why we have signed up to the STEM Exchange"

Gillian Doughty, HR Manager, RPC Containers (Oakham) Ltd