Calling for a fundamental re-think of the education of STEM skills.

What will happen to the UK’s economic future without the right STEM skills in the pipeline? Matchtech sponsors NEF: The Innovation Institute proposal to Government for radical overhaul of STEM education

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Matchtech are pleased to announce the launch of the New Engineering Foundation: The Innovation Institute (NEF) report entitled ‘Inventing the Future’, aimed to challenge the existing Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) employment skills gap by calling for a fundamental rethink of the way STEM subjects are taught, delivered and managed.

At present, there is a well-documented skills shortage for STEM careers across the UK, with the resource of appropriately skilled candidates consistently falling short of industry demand. This recruitment challenge is further exacerbated by the increase in demand for experienced, specialist engineers for which,popular opinion states that, current STEM education does not provide for. There is an urgent industry need to build a sustainable pipeline of engineering talent, whose training embraces evolving technologies and future advancements in engineering.

The report captures the findings of over 9,000 interviews with senior management across business, industry, academia and public sector, who have all offered fundamental insight and advice on how Government may to provide a STEM curriculum that continuously aligns with current and future needs of industry, thus helping the secure a buoyant UK economic future.

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The report’s key messages are:

Economic growth requires Technologists for the future – current educational templates are redundant

  • The key to traversing STEM market sectors is an ‘interoperable’ workforce – a product of an open architecture for learning
  • Education is not linear – the learner is the teacher, and is also the business leader

"The UK economy will suffer over the long term if we do not take concerted action to create a more flexible and adaptive workforce. This is why we’re urging a broad collaborative approach from all stakeholders that can contribute to a coherent national STEM skills strategy.”

The report was introduced to around 80 leaders of industry and education on 2nd July at the Royal Society of Chemistry by Baroness Hussein-Ece, House of Lords, and Professor Sa’ad Medhat, CEO of NEF: The Innovation Institute. The report is being delivered by the NEF: The Innovation Institute directly to Government as the biggest endeavour yet to address the gap between future skills demand, training and education.

“Aligning industry skills demand and education is a key issue. This report throws down some challenging points, as we strive towards improving STEM skills supply in order to see the UK’s economy flourish.”

Join the debate, your opinion is important!

Do you agree with the proposed changes? How do you feel changes to STEM education will affect your company and industry?

This newsletter is to invite all members of industry to review the report and demonstrate your support for change in;

  1. Sharing your views by posting a comment at the bottom of this article.
  2. On behalf of NEF: The Innovation Institute, we will collate your feedback in to a report to the author of the research, Professor Sa’ad Medhat, to support this campaign for change.
  3. Sharing the news of the report across your professional networking groups.You can share our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter comments.

Matchtech’s involvement as the sponsor and exclusive recruitment advisor has been in collaboration with key members of education and major industry names. Matchtech would like to personally thank AWE, BAE Systems, Ricardo and Intelligent Energy as our guests to participate in the Think Tank event and report launch. We also acknowledge and thank the participation of our clients MBDA and Sunseeker International as well as all our other clients listed in attendance sheet.


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