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Plea for STEM teaching shake-up

The government has been urged to overhaul the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths to ensure the next generation of employees is fit for its era

Think tank NEF: The Innovation Institute published a report calling for creation of a more flexible workforce.

It said organisations it spoke to reported that industry newcomers were ill prepared for the workplace and had to undergo further training.

The report claimed that only 20% of the STEM curriculum in further education colleges visited was aligned with the needs of industry.

It called for two new types of learning organisation to improve education in these subjects:

  • Community education centres to drive social development and inclusion; and
  • Regional polytechnics to focus on building growth and productivity

NEF chief executive and lead author of the report Sa’ad Medhat said: “Our current STEM education system is holding students back from realising their full potential. We owe it to them, and to future generations, to create a process of learning that can evolve at the same pace as technology.

“It’s time for all stakeholders – government, industry and academia – to collaborate together on a concerted programme of change.”

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