BCU to launch UK national office for online STEM skills centre

With the current shortfall of engineers in the UK forecast to reach one million by 2020, Birmingham City University (BCU) hosts the launch of Academy Cube's e-skills learning centre and UK National Office, which aims to tackle Europe's shortage of STEM skills.

Academy Cube is a career and online learning platform which offers an intelligent matching system, allowing STEM talent to identify and develop the skills and qualifications they require for specific roles in the workplace.

Located at Birmingham City University's Centre for Enterprise Systems, the Academy Cube's UK National Office aims to develop the strategic alignment with the STEM agenda in the UK and Ireland to build the next generation of talent for industry, addressing the challenges of employability, skilling and apprenticeship opportunities.

"This is a great opportunity for BCU to play a key role in addressing STEM skills shortages," Ardavan Amini, director of the Centre for Enterprise Systems at BCU, said. "As well as developing the skills of our own students, through the running of Academy Cube's UK headquarters here in Birmingham, we'll also be helping to equip future technologists and engineers from across the country with the appropriate skills they need for a long and successful career."

The free-to-attend launch on Thursday 9 July features events to highlight opportunities to bridge the STEM skills gap and the skills required of graduate talent to succeed in STEM roles.