STEM South West Awards 2024

Attracting and retaining diverse and talented individuals is essential for driving innovation and safeguarding the future success of STEM expertise in the Southwest. Nurturing development opportunities for the next generation key to achieving this.

The Challenge

STEM industries in the South West region have enjoyed very high levels of success over recent decades. New investment announcements have been plentiful and employment opportunities in STEM industries have grown consistently.

In order to build on this success and maximise opportunities for future development, STEM South West is determined to maximise the extent to which STEM talent is developed, retained, and attracted to work in the region for the foreseeable future.

The Solution

STEM South West aims to provide a competitive, innovative and resilient enterprise base that will facilitate STEM skills training, cross-regional collaboration between industry, government and academia, and increase employment and economic opportunities throughout the STEM sector in the South West region.​


  • Leaders Dialogue – 2

    July 29th

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  • Working Groups Planning – Expo

    June – August

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  • TY Challenge Kick-Off


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  • Leader’s Dialogue – 3


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About STEM South West

STEM South-West (STEM SW) is a not-for-profit industry-led cluster which focuses on the enhancement of the South-West (Cork and Kerry) region’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) talent capacity, capability, and agility. Together with our members we aim to grow the regions brand and investment attractiveness to position the South West as a region of choice where STEM talent and industries can thrive.

Since 2019, STEM-SW has connected the diverse STEM ecosystem across the South West, including industry, academia and local government to deliver activities such as our annual Industry & Careers EXPO that showcase the exciting career opportunities and diverse learning pathways that the region has to offer to fuel a strong and sustainable STEM talent pipeline.

The cluster comprises regional Industry Stakeholders: SMEs and MNCs; Higher Education Institutes: Munster Technological University, and University College Cork; local government: Cork County Council and the Southern Regional Skills Forum working together to maximise the capacity of the STEM Sector in the South West and create and develop opportunities for members and the communities within which they operate.

There is a clear need for a coordinated strategy to promote the region, incorporating the STEM industries within it, as a location in which talent has the opportunity to grow and thrive. This will leverage regional strengths while developing skills and competencies that can be utilised on a global basis.

Mike Flannery, ​​Director of Operations Technology Development at Johnson and Johnson; STEM South West Committee Member


STEM South West membership gives your organisation an opportunity to play an active role in the STEM ecosystem by accessing and contributing to thought-leadership events, championing STEM role models that inspire future talent and joining working groups that will deliver a collective response to the challenges facing industry in the region.

If you would like more information or to get involved, visit our membership page.

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