Schools don’t understand the skills employers need, Stem workers say

The TES is reporting on a new study showing that almost two-thirds of young people working in science, technology and engineering careers believe that schools do not understand which skills employers are going to need.

Similar numbers did not understand that the subjects that they studied at school would affect their future, according to research by OnePoll for the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the organisation behind University Technical Colleges.

A thousand people aged between 20 and 35, currently working in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) careers, were surveyed about how well they felt their schooling had prepared them for work.

Many felt that there was a fundamental misunderstanding between schools and Stem employers. Some 60 per cent believed that teachers did not have a sufficient understanding of the labour market. And a similar proportion – 63 per cent – said that schools did not understand which skills employers need.

Lord Baker, chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, said: “As we head towards Brexit, the challenge for our education system is to ensure that we equip students with the skills they need to forge successful careers in key areas like science, engineering and computing, which our economy increasingly demands.”

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  1. Anonymous

    There is of course the possibility that schools know what businesses need but governments don’t and this is reflected in their narrow and exam based curriculum by which all schools are judged.

  2. Anonymous

    Schools know exactly what to do its politicians who don’t. They are fixated on leaving their legacy which is invariably wrong. This sadly has worked it’s way down to some headteachers who seem to have forgotten what teaching is about.

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