Last week it was reported in The Engineer that the Prince of Wales is backing a new Engineering Workshop to enable teachers to better support pupils in choosing engineering careers. And in this week’s news the A-level results show a big increase in the number of pupils taking ‘STEM’ subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Both are good news for the engineering sector.
The Price of Wales Engineering Workshop has been developed in partnership with EngineeringUK which aims to ensure all 11-14 year-olds have some positive engagement with engineering. Teachers play a critical role in inspiring career options and so the workshop aims to provide them with up-to-date information about the opportunities within engineering which makes the link with the impressive results we all witness.
With regards to the A-level exam results, these are being attributed to the government’s push for traditional subjects and students choosing subjects favoured by the leading universities.
This is the 5th year in a row in which the numbers taking STEM subjects has risen whilst other A-level subjects remained flat. As a result record numbers of students are now studying STEM courses at university, and numbers are also increasing for post-graduate study, although more needs to be done to develop STEM courses at university to ensure talented students continue to focus on science and engineering.