17 August 2012
Too few students taking STEM subjects says EEF
The EEF has hit out at the scarcity of students studying the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects following the release of A level results.
EEF boss Terry Scuoler said that while attainment rates still remained relatively high there were still not seeing enough students studying maths, sciences and other technology related topics which were of key importance to employers.
He continued: " It is widely acknowledged that students qualifying in these topics at whatever level are in short supply. This is leaving key sectors of our economy such as manufacturing which we are relying on for growth and, which rely on high skills, struggling to meet their needs.
"It is also vital that those students who do not get the appropriate grades consider the vocational route to a degree through an apprenticeship, rather than struggling through clearing to fill places on courses which neither employers or our economy need."
EEF (Engineering Employers Federation)
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