Debate highlights weakness in national curriculum

Published:  28 March, 2014

A lively debate ensued at the latest meeting of the Sussex Manufacturing Forum between panel members from secondary schools, FE colleges and universities and Forum members over the increasing problem of a lack of suitable candidates entering the manufacturing and engineering professions.

Frustrations were clear as FE colleges and universities can only supply the relevant courses if (and only if) there is enough demand for them. Encouraging more pupils at secondary schools to take STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through both GCSE and A level routes will help towards this.

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