Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) have been identified as key areas by educators across Australia that will drive future jobs growth.

The skills taught in these foundation subjects, such as coding, will allow future generations to remain digitally adaptive and increase Australia’s international competitiveness.

“As it stands in Australia the gap between the digital literacy of our young people and that of our competitor nations is increasing. If we want increased productivity and participation, we need urgently to embark on a 10-year plan to close that gap,” said Business Council of Australia president Catherine Livingstone.

In 2014 as part of the Australian Curriculum Review, the federal government announced a $12 million investment for initiatives aimed at increasing the focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics in primary and secondary schools.