Reports that more teenagers are studying maths and sciences at A-level have been welcomed by Andy Tüscher, northern regional director of the manufacturers organisation, the EEF.
“Industry is crying out for talented young people with the right skills to help fuel the growth we’re now seeing in manufacturing, so the fact more and more young people are studying maths and sciences is good news,” said Mr Tüscher.
“The challenge now is to encourage more girls to study physics and maths to help close the gender gap and avoid them ruling themselves out of opportunities in engineering.”
Mr Tüscher says it is predicted that there will be more than two million job opportunities at thousands of engineering companies between 2010 and 2020 and many of those jobs will be for recruits with maths and science-based skills.
He adds that a stronger focus on careers advice and work experience is now needed in schools to give all young people a better understanding of the valuable jobs within manufacturing.
That view appears to be supported by a KPMG study of GCSE students, which showed they still need convincing that analytical and numerical skills will matter in the future.