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Celebrities back drive to tackle £1.5bn skills shortage

Celebrities ride back to address $1.5bn skills shortage

December 07, 2022

More than 150 leading engineers and celebrities – including Carol Vorderman and will.i.am – have endorsed a report calling on the government to tackle the UK’s shortage of engineering skills by mainstreaming engineering into primary and secondary school curricula will. They wrote an open letter to the prime minister saying the government “needs to invest in our children who will be our tech innovators of the future”.

The call is secured by the called report Engineering Kids’ Futures (EKF) led by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). His recommendations include:
• A review of Design & Technology (D&T) curriculum. to be refocused as an ‘Engineering and Design’ subject in secondary education, with a possible renaming of the subject accordingly.
• A review of school accountability measures (Progress 7 and Achievement 8) to bring D&T into the field English Baccalaureate (EBacc) set of subjects.
• A call for government to endorse, promote, label and support a package Engineering Education for Teachers aligned with the Core Content Framework of the Initial Teacher Training (ITT).
• A review of government funded ITT Grants and Grants in engineering to increase their value and availability.

The report is supported by new IET studies showing:
• 70% of parents believe that primary and secondary education does not teach children to apply the subjects they are taught;
• More than half of parents (55%) agree their children cannot make informed career choices without formal education in engineering and technology;
• 69% say it is important for primary school children to learn about engineering and technology in order to develop an interest in these areas;
• Almost half (47%) think engineering and technology should be a compulsory core subject at GCSE;
• 60% of parents say schools are not doing enough to encourage young girls to consider career opportunities in engineering and technology. and
• More than half of parents (55%) rely solely on the school curriculum to teach their children engineering and technology, with 61% admitting they have difficulty explaining to their children which jobs require engineering and engineering skills.

More than half of parents (53%) think the current curriculum places too much emphasis on science, math and English.

Currently, the UK STEM sector is short of more than 173,000 workers – an average of 10 vacancies per UK company, costing the economy an estimated £1.5bn a year. Almost half (49%) of engineering firms have difficulty finding suitable specialist staff

“Subjects like science and math are popular subjects in schools, but their link with engineering – the connection between these subjects, their purpose and their application in the world we live in – is not made clear at this time,” warns IET’s David Lakin Head of Education, Protection & Education Policy. “We need to make sure there are clearer learning outcomes for these subjects.

The new report argues that children need to be introduced to technology and science from an early age

“Put simply, we need to embed engineering in the mainstream curriculum. One way to do this is to review the current D&T syllabus, which is a key subject for Engineering and Technology Gateway, and give it more prominence in the EBacc subject line. Teacher education is also a key factor, and providing an engineering package that aligns with the Core Content Framework of Initial Teacher Education is vital to improving a teacher’s understanding and confidence when it comes to being in the classroom to talk about engineering.

“There are many options, and the engineering community stands ready to help develop and implement them to help the government implement these recommendations,” adds Lakin. “Our goal of significantly increasing the number of qualified engineers and technicians entering the labor market can only be achieved by showing young people the possibilities of a career in engineering.”

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