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Report to say education system fails STEM students

Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity that promotes University Technical Colleges, will publish a report tomorrow (28th February) looking at how education fails students in the real world when it comes to careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The report examines what young people now employed in STEM-related jobs think of their education and whether it helped them prepare for their current roles. It includes findings from a survey of 1000 young STEM workers and interviews with employers Fujitsu, Network Rail, Jaguar Land Rover.

Key findings reveal that securing a job in STEM is getting harder. Young STEM workers say school subjects need to be more relevant to careers. Nearly half (45%) of 20-35 year olds working in STEM related roles believe the subjects they studied at school are useless in the world of work. Three out of five (60%) of those surveyed didn’t believe teachers had a sufficient understanding of the labour market. In addition, 63% said employers don’t have enough say in what schools teach.

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