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Who Should Study STEM Subjects?

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  1. 1. WHO SHOULD STUDY STEM SUBJECTS?
  2. 2. STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – are changing and they’re changing fast. STEM opportunities are no longer restricted to gifted and talented pupils, STEM clubs are more mainstream; and even studying STEM at university is becoming more accessible. But just who is STEM aimed at…?
  3. 3. IMPACT OF STEM EDUCATION In 2011 ‘The current and future UK science workforce’ paper produced for the Science Council found 5.8 million people were employed in the science sector, which equates to 20% of the UK workforce, ranging from construction and ICT to health and education. The report projects that there will be over 7 million people employed in science based employment by 2030. However, this projection relies on qualified employees being available. STEM qualifications being achieved at the current rate estimates a shortfall of 80,000 workers in the STEM employment sector within the next two years. This information was provided by Semta – the sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.
  4. 4. QUALIFICATIONS IN THE STEM SECTOR At this moment in time we’re not producing enough STEM graduates in the UK, although trends are indicating an uptake of STEM subjects at University. Greater awareness is being raised within education to provide better information to pupils when picking their options for A- levels and researching university degrees.
  5. 5. It’s also easy to forget to provide information on STEM careers to those not intending to apply for University. The Russell Group of Universities produced a report in February 2009 with the following statement: ‘To support the UK’s ambition to move to a higher level of research and development intensity, it is crucial to ensure that the UK has the right stock and flow of skilled scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, as well as technicians and other support staff, generated from within the UK.’ ‘A highly skilled, diverse workforce will contribute to business productivity and innovation, enabling UK businesses to exploit fully new technologies and scientific discoveries, achieve world-class standards and compete globally.’ This report recognises that not every STEM worker has to be a graduate, and the importance of skilled technicians is equally vital for UK based businesses to succeed.
  6. 6. WHO WORKS IN STEM? Many manufacturers rely on a STEM qualified workforce to maintain their status as leading manufacturers in the UK and nationally. STEM careers not only include the designers and engineers that design the next jet engines or nuclear submarines, but also the technicians that install the fan blades and the electricians fitting the wiring. Rolls Royce itself offers practical apprenticeships to pupils with a minimum of 4 GCSE’s grades D and above. Similarly BAE systems have a minimum requirement is 5 GCSE’s grade D and above.
  7. 7. WHO SHOULD STUDY STEM? If STEM industry giants such as these recognise the STEM potential in the average person, surely it’s time we gave the information and opportunities to everybody. Every child should be able explore the opportunities surrounding STEM while having fun and making friends. Coding clubs are enjoyable for children of all ages as they get to create their own video games while learning. STEM summer camps give children the opportunity to study STEM outside of the classroom to see how it impacts of the world around them. Remember children that love biology but don’t achieve as well in maths could be providing basic medical care to you when you are elderly, while practical learners could be welding engines onto fuselages in the future. Just ask any science or technology teacher – without the technicians, nothing works!
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