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IET education brief

The IET education briefing outlines the measures we believe are vital to encouraging more young people into STEM subjects

STEM skills are vital for a 21st century knowledge economy, yet businesses across the UK report skills shortages. Redressing skills shortages in the engineering and technology sectors requires a robust education and skills system.

• science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) should be given a key position in the curriculum
• students must be taught STEM by teachers with appropriate subject qualifications
• improving the image of STEM is extremely important, but there is no quick fix.
• high quality careers education and guidance must be widely available so that young people have the opportunity to learn about the exciting career