David Meade promotes BTYSTE 2019

NI mentalist David Meade is calling on Northern Ireland students to come up with an original STEM project for the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. To highlight the value of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, BT has commissioned a survey of 300 working people in Belfast - revealing the majority of STEM employees report high job satisfaction rates.

TV star and mentalist, David Meade, recently joined students at Fort Hill College in Lisburn to promote the 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), which will take place from 9 – 12 January 2019 at the RDS in Dublin.

David Meade, who is an official ambassador for BTYSTE, is calling on Northern Ireland secondary school students to take part in the Exhibition and start developing their ideas for an award-winning STEM project (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

He said: “This is my fourth year supporting the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and I’m thrilled to be part of this exciting event once again. I’m passionate about anything that inspires young people and encourages students to challenge themselves and to explore new ideas and this exhibition allows them to do just that.

“BTYSTE is the perfect place for students to push the boundaries and use their imagination and it can also be the starting point of a bright future for many young people seeking careers in STEM. I would strongly encourage young people from across Northern Ireland to get thinking about possible projects now and I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.”

To mark the announcement of the dates for the January exhibition, BT commissioned research* into working people’s attitudes to different industry sectors in Belfast.The survey of 300 people revealed that 61% of STEM employees in Belfast had a job satisfaction rate of over 70%. Further positive results for the STEM sector showed that nearly 70% of respondents said they were inspired by their work and a quarter expected a salary increase of 10-20% in the coming few years.  In addition, 50% of STEM employees found that the work they are doing is ‘pioneering innovation’. This is in stark contrast to the Humanities sector where just 18% found their work to be pioneering and only 3% of those in Health and Education.

However, the research also revealed that only 2% of those working in STEM roles had completed an apprenticeship or internship to get into their current role in comparison to other industries, such as Finance, where 31% had entered the workplace in this way. With demand for STEM employees on the increase, the findings indicate more entry level opportunities are needed to increase the pipeline of people training to work in the STEM industry.

Garret Kavanagh, Acting Managing Director of Networks for BT in Northern Ireland, said: “As a leading technology company, we are proud to organise and sponsor this world-renowned exhibition, which allows young people to explore the world of STEM.

“Our survey results show that, for many people, a career in STEM can be very rewarding, with employees experiencing job satisfaction and feeling inspired by their work.

“The theme for BTYSTE 2019 is ‘It Starts Here’.We’re promoting our home grown talent and want this to be the starting point of a new journey and a fulfilling career in STEM.

“It really is a place where they can explore new concepts, develop their interest in STEM and demonstrate creativity.We are keen to see more students from Northern Ireland enter this year so they can showcase their talent.”

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition recently announced that it has teamed up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). BTYSTE participants are now able to use their project work to count towards the Skills section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019 will take place from 9 – 12 January and the deadline to apply is 25 September 2018. For more information, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com or follow @BTYSTE on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. You can also call 0800 917 1297.

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For further information contact: Rosy Billingham, PR Manager for BT in Northern Ireland, Rosy Billingham, on 028 9021 4174 or email rosy.billingham@bt.com.

PHOTO CAPTION:Pupils Ben Gibson and Lauren Chambers are pictured with BTYSTE ambassador David Meade at Fort Hill Integrated College in Lisburn. BT is urging students to start developing their ideas for the next BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.For more information visit www.btyoungscientist.com.

About the Survey

This survey was commissioned by Hanover Communications and carried out by Brandtactics through a face-to-face questionnaire. The 300 employees were interviewed in Belfast between 3 – 6 April 2018.

The survey focused on five core employment fields;

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
  • Humanities (Language, History, Politics, Sociology, Law)
  • Health (Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary)
  • Education (Primary, Secondary, Third Level, Private)
  • Finance (Accounting, Business, Tax, Advisory)
  • For further information on the survey please contact aginnell@hanovercomms.com

    About BTYSTE

    The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is Ireland’s premier STEM event for secondary school pupils. Since its origin in 1963, the BTYSTE has grown from a simple science fair to become one the most highly regarded platforms for encouraging young people to use the foundations of science, technology, engineering and maths to inspire new ideas and new ways of thinking about the world we live in.

    The Exhibition itself is the final stage of the competition, which is open to all second level students from Ireland, both north and south. As well as the 550 shortlisted student projects on display each year, there are a further four exhibition halls filled with cutting edge science and technology based exhibits and entertainment, making it a thrilling event for those who enter and for general visitors alike.

    The 2019 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place from 9th-12th January in the RDS, Dublin 4. For more information on how to get involved visit www.btyoungscientist.com.