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Giving young people the skills to succeed in high-tech and science-based industries
08/12/2014 10:28:00


The Prime Minister has today announced a package of measures to equip more of our young people with the skills needed to succeed in high-tech and science-based industries.

I've blogged in the past about my belief in the importance of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) if the next generation are going to get the skills they need to succeed in the global race.

I am therefore delighted that the Government will train 17,500 maths and physics teachers over the next five years with £67 million of funding to attract more people to the profession. There'll be a programme to offer students a bursary to help them pay for university in return for a commitment to become a teacher when they graduate with a maths or physics degree.

The new National College for Digital Skills will be up and running by 2015 and a new GCSE in Computer Science will be introduced, which will include training in code writing - a service already offered by our very own Croydon Tech City and a vital skill for anyone in today's globalised world.

This is all part of our long-term economic plan for Britain – making sure our children have the skills they need to thrive and get on. And by sticking to it, I am convinced we'll lift our children’s horizons and pull our country up in the world rankings.

If you want to read what I think we should do locally in Croydon to improve education, visit www.gavinbarwell.com/VisionForCroydon.

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On 09/12/2014 14:51:00 Jim wrote:
Might I suggest that we stop subsidising students to pursue pointless subjects at university?

We have a system whereby students who can knock together a few A-levels can do "whatever they want" at university and can then demand soft loans from the public purse to pay the fees and support themselves.

How ever much taxpayers' money is spent on maths and science teachers, it won't make any difference if the incentives are all wrong.

I'm in Taiwan at the moment. People in the UK giggle "I'm no good at maths" as some kind of badge of honour. Here it would be shameful. Here people do maths and science because they need it in order to get good jobs. No cushy welfare state here. 5% VAT too!

On 15/12/2014 00:05:00 Anthony Miller wrote:
Well, the oil may be running out but we still have a massive skills shortage in the oil and gas industry due to the OPEC price war of 1999-2000 when half the industry got laid off. To get in the industry these days you probably need a geology degree and MSC too although I believe the PESGB (which is now based in East Croydon so no excuses for you not to know about it Gavin) finances some bursary schemes for MSCs. Details are here:


People may be able to get bursaries for higher degrees off commercial companies too if they shop around... there really is a desperate skills shortage.




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