New tech and ‘digitally savvy’ businesses are being urged to work with school teachers in order to help close a persistent skills gap.
Teachers are seen to be key in working alongside employers within science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) to close pupils’ gap in knowledge which could be related to a lack of the relationship between relevant employers and schools, says a young people’s campaign.
The call has come after a survey revealed young people are turning their backs on the relevant qualifications that will equip them for “the jobs of the future.” The findings highlighted a significant number of students aged 11 to 18 are keen to pursue a career which requires STEM qualifications, with five of the top desired careers being STEM-based.
Almost a third of young people are interested in undertaking a career in gaming, and nearly a fifth in IT. Yet, despite this, only a third are planning to study maths and science at A-level which is seen as “the best gateways” to these careers.
The survey has come from Your Life, a three-year long campaign aiming to increase the numbers of young people studying maths and physics post-16 by half by the end of 2017.