ENGINEERING: A need for students

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This year’s GCSE results show a welcome increase in students studying ICT and computing, but there has been a worrying decline in the number opting for physics and design and technology.

We need to have more young people studying all of the engineering subjects to ensure that they are not shutting the door on an exciting, creative career in engineering.

The country needs more people studying science and engineering subjects and taking up apprenticeships.

We are at risk of stifling economic growth if we do not encourage more students to study STEM subjects, which are crucial to ensuring a healthy and balanced economy.

Alison Carr

Director of Policy

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)