The EIT today calls for a more balanced curriculum in schools across the country to ensure that young people have the comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary to continue their education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
The integration of science and math students is welcome progress, but studying engineering is creative and should not be limited to those who have taken those subjects at A level, according to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). .
David Lakin, Head of Education, said: “STEM education is very important from an early age and it is really positive to see an increase in the number of young people studying these subjects which could potentially open the door to an exciting and creative career as an engineer.
“However, we must take into account the importance placed on mathematics and physics, because the role of an engineer is to solve creative challenges. It is important to harness the creativity of students and young people should not be discouraged from studying creative subjects such as design technology and the arts.
“This is why a broad and balanced education for all young people is fundamental for the training of future engineers, ensuring them the comprehensive knowledge and skills required to design a better world for all of us.
“It is essential that students are supported in their studies so that they are aware of the exciting range of engineering roles available to them. The country needs more people who study engineering subjects at university and take apprenticeships.