Engineering UK has published its excellent Engineering UK 2012 report, and as is usually the case with these thoroughly comprehensive reports, there is some really good news and some not-so-good news.
89% of STEM teachers see the provision of careers advice as part of their role, but research finds that if they did give careers advice, 21% of STEM teachers saw engineering careers as undesirable. Note – that’s 21% of STEM teachers! Clearly there’s a whole lot of work to be done here to convince them of the desirability of engineering careers.
Employer engagement is now commonplace during education. The overwhelming majority of pupils undertake work placements – usually 2 weeks around the age of 15. This delivers knowledge, access to networks and also guides them in terms of what they can expect in their careers.
Apprenticeships are recognised as being critical to even small businesses:
- encourage more employers to engage with apprenticeships
- ensure there is an appropriate framework to meet current and future demand
- understand and stimulate the system to deliver STEM apprenticeships
- work with STEM employers and related parties to increase the number of STEM apprenticeships for SMEs
- promote career opportunities in STEM-based occupations
And especially good news is that the NAS vision is that by 2020, every employer will value an apprenticeship as the key route to equipping them with the skills they need for their business. And spend on apprenticeships continues to rise. Continue reading