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Maynooth University STEM Passport for Inclusion initiative goes national

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Maynooth University STEM Passport expanded

Maynooth University with Microsoft Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and the Dept of Education, have announced the national expansion of the STEM Passport for Inclusion initiative which will see the initiative expand nationwide and engage a further 5,000 students.

STEM Passport for Inclusion was launched two years ago with an ambition to address inequalities in accessing STEM careers among post-primary students in socially disadvantaged communities. The programme’s innovative approach, which combines an educational qualification (Level 6 NFQ), education supports, and mentoring from industry role models, provides a unique pathway for students to progress to third level education and achieve a STEM qualification.

Since the launch of the pilot programme two years ago, 1,250 students have participated leading to a significant increase in the students’ confidence and intention to pursue STEM education at third level.

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