The construction of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, is big – and I mean VERY BIG. Due to officially switch on in the middle of the next decade (if nuclear reactors switch on?), it is predicted that Hinkley Point C will provide around 7% of the country’s electricity, and the … Continue reading Hinkley C – Powering the future
STEM careers have been in the news recently, and this is because more businesses are now asking for training in the areas where they feel skills are short and STEM are seen to be part of this. Sean Coughlan BBC’s Education Correspondent stated that, ‘Vocational skills and technical education have been longstanding weaknesses in England's … Continue reading Has there been a lack of young people training for STEM careers?
A government adviser has issued a call for action to address the UK’s lack of engineering skills. Professor John Perkins, chief scientific adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, wants government, industry and educators to ‘step up’ to meet the challenge. In his Review of Engineering Skills, Prof Perkins forecasts increasing demand for … Continue reading Engineering skills – a call for action
A STEM-focussed report has been published, providing a positive viewpoint of female engineers and offering support for the female uptake of STEM subjects. This challenges the recent wave of negative STEM reports, which have tended to focus on the fact that young women aren’t choosing to study science and engineering. This report states why women … Continue reading STEM Role Models – Britain HAS Got Talented Female Engineers
Quantity surveying can be one of those jobs that make people roll their eyes and mention the counting of bricks. As someone who updates the construction careers information here at CASCAiD, my view has always been a bit more positive. Employment prospects have always seemed good, and the mixture of site- and office-based work gives … Continue reading The boys at Bloor Homes
“The UK is the worst country in Europe when it comes to the progression of female engineers. At half of all UK state schools, not a single girl is studying physics at A level – which is a basic requirement for engineering.” - Vince Cable - Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills The … Continue reading Women in engineering and construction
This week is National Careers Week. To celebrate, we’re sharing some thoughts on the importance of careers education, advice and guidance throughout the week. You can find out more about National Careers Week by clicking here. Why should schools care about careers? As we know, the Education Act 2011 places a new duty on schools to … Continue reading National Careers Week – Why should schools care about careers?
Yesterday, I attended the Sustainable Employment through Skills conference organised by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion. The event aimed to bring together providers from the Work Programme and skills providers from the private sector and colleges, to explore the role of skills in helping unemployed … Continue reading Sustainable Employment through Skills
The recently published “maths task force” report, A world-class mathematics education for all our young people, made headlines when the chair of the task force, TV presenter Carol Vorderman, recommended that students should study maths up to the age of 18. The report focused on the need to improve young people’s mathematical skills in order … Continue reading Inspiring the development of maths skills
Following the announcement late last year about the introduction of a new all-age careers service for England, broader interest and focus has fallen on the subject of careers advice and guidance. Recently, Esther McVey, MP for Wirral West secured a debate in the House of Commons on careers advice in schools. The MP was aiming … Continue reading Careers Advice – House of Commons debate