STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, is a group of subjects which can be studied at school or college. Although the acronym stands for those four specific  subjects, the list of STEM related subjects that can be studied also includes ICT, design and technology, computer science, economics, geography and more.

The importance of these subjects is high as they form the basis of a huge number of careers including engineering, science, medicine, accounting and many more.

STEM careers require creativity as well as analytical skills. Most STEM related jobs are based around problem solving, innovation and thinking ‘outside the box’.

CAL International is an engineering company who combine traditional engineering precision with the latest technologies to create cutting edge engineered solutions. CAL have a long history of taking part in apprenticeship programmes, mentoring students from local colleges whilst they study. Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for industry students to learn real skills whist they study, meaning they leave college with real, hands-on industry experience which greatly improves their chances of further employment. Here at CAL, we have proudly offered a number of our apprentices employment once competing their studies. These talented individuals are now integral members of our diverse team of specialists.

According to, the UK currently faces a skills shortage in STEM. This means there may not be enough people in fields such as engineering to meet the country’s needs and keep the economy going. Fortunately, this is great news for STEM graduates and apprentices as it means there are an abundance of jobs for those with their qualifications once they graduate.

At CAL, we have supported a number of STEM events in the North West alongside the organisation All About STEM including their ‘Engineering Your Future’ event in Liverpool, Big Bang Fair NW, LCR ‘Make it Work’ Robotics Challenge and more.

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