Commenting on E4E’s report on science and maths GCSE attainment, Nick Baveystock, Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), said:
“We wholeheartedly agree with the findings of the report; Government, Industry and schools themselves must ensure that students are presented with every opportunity possible to pursue the full-range of science GCSEs on offer. The fact that these opportunities vary according to where your school is located is extremely worrying.
“Infrastructure and construction works will play a major part in the UK’s economic recovery and Government’s commitment to the infrastructure agenda is encouraging. But it is absolutely vital that we have a specialised and competent workforce, across all skill levels, to actually deliver it.
“Those with qualifications in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – the ‘STEM’ subjects – will be at the heart of this skills base and more needs to be done to ensure that the next generation of students are opting for these subjects.
“This includes the recruitment of specialist maths and science teachers, as well as ensuring there are impartial careers advisors, which will include our industry, who can show children what a career in engineering offers. Importantly, these advisors can also explain how to get onto the engineering career path as entry into the world of engineering doesn’t solely rely on a university education - apprenticeship courses offer an alternative first step on to the engineering ladder.”