TheSchool of Education and Professional Studies is leading the way in addressing the national skills shortage by offering intensive maths and science courses to hundreds of Queensland teachers.

Announced by Education Minister Kate Jones, classroom teachers can apply to take part in Australia’s first state-wide professional development program from July 2016.

The Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET) has identified a number of key priority curriculum areas in state schools for the delivery of STEM (Science, Technology (including programming, coding and robotics), Engineering and Mathematics).

Led by Professor Donna Pendergast (right), Griffith will deliver six of the seven modules to 2700 teachers. These include: Senior Physics, Maths and Chemistry and Junior Secondary Science, Primary Science and Digital Technologies.

“The project is typical of the type of PD we offer via the Professional Learning Hub where teachers can find out about and undertake professional development courses and future teachers can enrol in teaching degrees,’’ Professor Pendergast said.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this training which is integral in ensuring Queensland students are able to learn the skills necessary for jobs of the future from today’s best teachers.”

Griffith Enterprise assisted Professor Pendergast and the Professional Learning Hub to prepare the tender and project budget, and ensure contract terms were agreeable to meeting each module’s desired outcomes.

The professional development is offered online from Semester 2, 2016.