Giving young people the skills to succeed in high-tech and science-based industries
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.