WA Science Minister Dave Kelly has launched a new mentoring program that bridges the cultural gap between industry and universities, and aims to prepare a new generation of diverse, inclusive, industry-ready science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.
The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM program connects second-year STEM PhD students with mentors in the STEM industry, introducing them to opportunities outside of academia and building their professional networks.
After successful pilot programs in three States, including Western Australia, the program is now being launched nationally.
Only 30 per cent of Australian PhD students go into industry or government careers upon completion of their studies, compared with more than 70 per cent in most industrialised countries.
The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM is run by ATSE, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Participating universities include Curtin, Murdoch and The University of Western Australia.
Source: WA Government