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Thursday, 21st March 2013

UK: Improving young people’s engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Source: National Foundation for Educational Research (UK)

From Why is engagement in STEM important?:

The UK engineering and science industries are a vital element of the overall UK economy, with an approximate turnover of £257bn.            The exact levels of demand for STEM skills are difficult to assess precisely. Skills shortages in STEM sectors are, however, considered to represent a real threat to the UK’s capacity for growth and at least one source estimates that around 82,000 engineers and technicians are needed just to deal with retirements up to 2016 and that 830,000 graduate-level science, engineering and technology professionals will be required by 2020.

Even in the current recessionary period, employers cannot find enough future employees suitably qualified in STEM to meet demand, which comes not only from employers seeking specific STEM expertise, but also from employers who value the capabilities of those qualified in STEM areas.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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