A recent survey conducted by NCFE, an Awarding Body (previously the Northern Council for Further Education) published some information very relevant to the decisions school leavers and their parents will be making about their futures.
Published on the web by www.apprenticeeye.co.uk it reveals that:
- Some 68% of parents think Apprenticeships are an excellent way to earn and learn
- 62% believe that university doesn’t suit everyone.
Showing significant views from the results in a 2013 survey carried out by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), where 63% of parents didn’t understand Apprenticeships well enough to explain them to their children.
Bridging the gap in STEM education
British STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) industries are experiencing a crisis in the recruitment of employees for high-skill roles.
Might we see:
- Some new alliances of companies and academia?
- A world of reinvention in terms of training and education?
- New ways youngsters qualify, and
- New careers blossom from this?
This site is part of the contribution The Greater Manchester STEM Centre is making to The Northern Powerhouse. Two hundred years ago Lancashire and Yorkshire together were the Powerhouse of the World — truly a Northern Powerhouse, which generated the Industrial Revolution.
Today there are jobs in our region requiring skills and qualifications, but our young people get few opportunities to gain an insight and experience of them.
The current Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, a Cheshire constituency MP, has confirmed that we in the North of England have much to offer to the UK’s economic future. The North West and The West Riding have appeared to miss out in economic terms when compared to the South East.
With some 7 million people living in a commuting belt Liverpool–Manchester–Bradford–Leeds, this concentration rivals the population that commute around London daily. Our transport infra-structure lags behind that in the South – yet we have seen billions of pounds of investment for the Crossrail line due to open in 2018. Smaller projects, for example the electrification of one of the Manchester – Liverpool rail lines, have recently been completed. Traffic on our major arterial road, the M62, clogs up daily as we are having its upgrade to smart conditions – BUT are we to get HS3 to support travel along the M62 corridor, indeed, will HS2 be delivered?
Something we can do for ourselves is offer our young adults an insight into the Careers of Tomorrow but we need your help.
The GM STEM Centre has a 30 year pedigree of working with young people promoting interest and careers across - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We administer a number of schemes in which we could engage you so if you are in business or in academia and you want to give today’s young adults an insight into your technical world please get in touch.
STEM Schemes The Greater Manchester STEM Centre operates, all of which require input from the business world.
PROGRAMME & SPONSOR
Nuffield Research Placements — The Nuffield Foundation
Engineering Your Future — Regional Engineering Institution
CREST Awards — British Science Association
Bright Sparks — Electricity NWL
Global Technology — waiting for sponsor
Technology Challenge — waiting a sponsor
We want to partner with businesses to encourage the next generation to take up careers in their home region in this fascinating area of work.
We welcome contact from industries in the North of England that share our vision of The Northern Powerhouse. Contact: David Ward with your interest and you can see more about our existing contributions on: The Greater Manchester STEM Centre