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Attracting young people into engineering

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Meg Munn MP recently spoke in a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament on how to attract young people to engineering and how to give them the skills needed in order to succeed. At a time where youth unemployment is high and at the same time companies have difficulty recruiting skilled employees, something must be done to reduce this mismatch.


MPs from all political parties agreed that partnerships between small engineering businesses and local schools could expose pupils to the exciting opportunities available and provide the skills training required. Meg’s contribution outlined the importance of courses such as design and technology so that students are prepared for what they would face in an engineering career. She has been campaigning for some time to increase the numbers of young people studying STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering, and maths and especially the numbers of women. Presently only 7% of those emerging from engineering studies are women.


Meg commented:


“We need a dual approach of both supporting women and eliminating company practices that put these talented women off. The future for those having engineering careers is bright, and it’s important that we achieve the proper mix of motivated students and companies and skilled workers.”


To find out more visit: http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/file/Women%20in%20SET.pdf 

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