International recognition for local Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program

The iCareer Bright Sparx Club has been recognised for its contribution to STEM learning and collaboration as part of the International Education Business Partnership Network, 2018 Global Best Awards.

The Awards celebrate partnerships between educational institutions, private businesses and other stakeholders that enhance youth employability through collaboration.

The Club, developed in partnership with Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF), Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) and Murdoch University, won the STEM category for Australia & Oceania along with KIC’s iScience Program. Both programs will now be judged against the winners from the other seven world regions later this year.

WesCEF Chief Executive Officer, Ian Hansen said that WesCEF and its partners are proud of the program and it was pleasing to receive formal reignition.   

“The Bright Sparx Club is a great example of how industry and educational institutions can work together to promote STEM education and careers,” he said. 

The Club forms part of the KIC Education Development Program (EDP), that delivers a variety of  education programs to students in the Kwinana and Rockingham area. In addition to winning the STEM category, EDP courses also won first place in the Innovative and Creative Partnerships and Youth Employability Skills categories.

KIC Director, Chris Oughton said that the EDP aims to showcase the huge range of careers that industry has to offer its future workforce and to raise students aspirations.

“Feedback from participating students’, parents and teachers, tell us that without doubt, these programs change how the students view their world in a very positive way,” he said.

The latest intake of Bright Sparx graduated from the program at a ceremony held at the Rockingham Regional Environment Centre on the 28 June.

Fast Facts:

WesCEF includes locally based companies Kleenheat and CSBP.
About the iCareer Bright Sparx Program
Now in its fourth intake the Club gives students in Year 9 the opportunity to raise their confidence and aspirations while building their awareness of STEM careers.
Since commencing in 2016, 120 students have participated in the Club from nine different schools in the Kwinana and Rockingham area.
A fifth intake will commence in Term 4, 2018.
About the IPN
The International education business Partnership Network is a global network of education, business, government and community organisations working in partnership to achieve valuable economic and social outcomes.

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Media contact: Alexis Westerside (08) 9312 9249 or 0421 878 279, awesterside@wescef.com.au