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Closing the STEM skills gap inquiry launched

29 November 2016

Throughout its recent inquiries, the Science and Technology Committee has repeatedly received evidence that the UK is facing STEM skill shortages, often in key growth sectors, like big data.

The Committee therefore invites written evidence on measures that organisations, businesses, schools, colleges and individuals have taken to close the STEM skills gap. These could include, but are not limited to, apprenticeships, vocational courses, mentoring, teacher placements in industry and establishing links between business and schools/colleges.

Submissions should outline:

  • The STEM skills that were needed but were found to be in short supply or missing;
  • How this particular skills need has been addressed, including specific details of the measures introduced (eg whether the measures are focused on developing generic skills (such as management), sector-specific skills or raising awareness, how they have been implemented and delivered, and how many people have taken/are currently taking part).
  • The cost of the measures and how they have been funded.
  • The results of any evaluation of the measures / schemes introduced.

We would also like to hear from people who have participated in skills programmes and learn more about their experiences, both positive and negative.

Evidence can be submitted through the closing the STEM skills gap inquiry page.

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