STEM subjects need to be made more attractive

It’s clear that the UK is falling short when it comes to STEM subjects, ranking 22nd out of 23 developed countries for numeracy proficiency in 16 to 19 year olds. Not even one in ten will obtain a physics and maths A-level upon leaving school.

The knock-on effect is a lack of skilled new workers entering the business world, with deficiencies in STEM industries estimated at 40,000 on a yearly basis.

The reasons? Limited enthusiasm for such subjects in the school curriculum and the skewed belief that they’re reserved for the smartest of individuals.

At A-level, only one in eleven undertake physics and maths. Gender imbalances also remain, with only 14% of engineering graduates being women. More impetus needs to be made in addressing the gender divide, and more conversation should be had around career opportunities and the hands-on application of STEM skills.

Schools and businesses need to collaborate to enhance the curriculum so that subjects are more appealing and shown to relate to real-world career opportunities. STEM subjects are the foundation of a plethora of jobs, from those in the health, technology and science realm, to politics and media roles.

The current and future generations need to be nurtured, engaged and informed when it comes to STEM subjects and career prospects in order to ensure a skilled and forward-thinking workforce.

Despite the challenges facing STEM subject uptake, many talented individuals are pursuing careers in marketing, digital and technology professions. With more opportunities than ever before, why not contact Clifford Associates today to see how we can help invigorate your organisation.

 

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