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Syllabuses 'need to address shortage in young engineers'

Neil Carberry, director for employment and skills at the UK's premier business lobbying organisation the Confederation of British Industry, has said schools' curriculums need to focus more on nurturing young engineering minds, as demand for talent is currently outstripping supply.

While youngsters currently learn basic competences at school, he says there is too much "flabbiness" in the system, as they are not being taught the more meticulous engineering and technology skills that will propel them into careers in the sector later in life.

Mr Carberry says that a "more ambitious, academically rigorous curriculum" may help to address the problem.

However, it is arguably not just technicians that are required. The UK needs to address shortages throughout the sector if it is to have any chance of competing on a global scale, by bolstering the engineering sector across the board.

As the first - and in many cases only - exposure that young minds will have to engineering before making decisions about whether to continue with the subject, he believes ministers need to take a long, hard look at what more can done at primary and secondary education levels.

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Posted by Richard EsquilantADNFCR-1617-ID-801575937-ADNFCR

23/04/2013