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Thursday, 4th April 2013

UK: In the Balance: The STEM human capital crunch

Source: Social Market Foundation (UK)

The science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sector is at the heart of the Government’s aim to rebalance the economy for future growth. But the sector is already suffering skills shortages, severely limiting its ability to grow.

This report quantifies the mismatch between future employment requirements and the supply of domestic skills in these industries, in the context of political pressure to reduce migration. It finds that a huge increase in take-up of science subjects in Britain’s schools is needed to foster an adequate supply of home-grown STEM skills and proposes policy solutions to avoid the looming human capital crunch in the STEM sector.

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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.

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