Why are Problem-Solving Skills Important?
The ability to think creatively, and to innovate and adapt to change, is a prerequisite for life and for the workplace in the 21st century. Individuals, organisations and societies that can analyse and solve problems effectively can reap huge benefits.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, 2012) reports that “Today’s workplaces demand people who can solve non-routine problems. Complex problem-solving skills are particularly in demand in fast-growing, highly skilled managerial, professional and technical occupations.”
Creative problem solving and lateral thinking are at the heart of Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The Problem-Solving Initiative will challenge and empower the youth of Ireland to hone these transferrable skills, which are a critical requirement for the future leaders in STEM fields.