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August 13, 2020 | Phillymag.com
The initiative led by GlaxoSmithKline will fund programs that close gaps in the region’s workforce pipeline and give career opportunities to underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math.
Philadelphia is the nation’s eighth-largest STEM industry hub. But according to Phil Brooks, the director of STEM Workforce Partnerships at the University City Science Center, there are not enough trained workers to fill existing jobs in the life sciences, and with the anticipated rapid growth of the industry, the gap is projected to widen.
“The Science Center is actively working to close that gap by connecting students and adults to STEM career pathways through our youth STEM education and Workforce Development initiatives,” [Phil Brooks] said. “The creation of the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective supports those efforts and reinforces GSK’s longstanding commitment to addressing this need. We believe this investment will have a strong impact on improving the diversity of the region’s STEM talent pipeline.”