Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics


If you are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths studying for a STEM-based career is for you. With literally 000’s of different careers on offer this is one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors.  There are jobs to suit many different skill sets, from programming to design, from research to medicine, and a huge array of different environments in which to work

People with maths and science skills are in demand, with opportunities to enter the sector at entry level if you have good GCSE’s in English, maths and a science subject - nearly all businesses will have elements of STEM so you could work across a broad range of industries including those as diverse as medicine, finance, retail, sport and leisure.

Remember not all scientists wear white coats, and many of the jobs on offer will involve working outdoors on practical projects, so you will certainly not be tied to a desk or an office!

STEM-based employers in the South West, include:

  • Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station
  • Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Met Office
  • Flybe
  • Babcock International Group
  • BD Vacutainer Systems
  • Plessey Semiconductors
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Kawasaki Precision Machinery
  • A & P Group - Falmouth Docks
  • Newquay Airport
  • St Austell Brewery

Many local training providers offer a wide range of training and qualifications to support you in gaining the job you want – everything from aeronautical engineering to nursing, to robotics and game development through to forensic science. Visit our members page where you can access more information on specific providers.

Are you an employer interested in taking on an apprentice? Help and support are available via the Government Employing an Apprentice web page.

Are you an individual looking for an Apprenticeship? You can find all the latest vacancies by visiting the Find an Apprenticeship page.

You can enter the sector in a number of ways, including:

  • Full-time / part-time college courses/ school leaver
  • Apprenticeships including Degree Level Apprenticeships
  • Higher National Certificates (HNC)
  • Higher National Diplomas (HND)
  • Foundation Degree
  • Bachelors Degree

With such a breadth of industries there is of course a breadth of jobs and careers on offer. Click on the links below to find out more about these and other STEM-based careers including entry requirements, skills required and how much you could earn!

You can see lots more job roles and their profiles by visiting the National Careers Service site.