IET comments on GCSE results

David Lakin, IET Head of Education & Safeguarding, said: “Many congratulations to all those receiving their GCSE results today. It has been a very difficult 18 months for schools, teachers, and, of course, students who have worked hard during these unprecedented times.

“It’s crucial that we ensure young people have access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education from an early age so that they can have their eyes opened to the exciting and creative world and career options in engineering.

“However, we need to look at the huge focus on Maths and Physics, as the role of an engineer is about problem-solving creative challenges. It is important to harness students’ creativity and young people should be encouraged to study creative subjects such as Design Technology and the Arts.

“This is why a broad and balanced education for all young people is fundamental to the supply of future engineers and technicians, ensuring they have a rounded knowledge and the skills required for a career in engineering.

“In order for us to be able to do this, it is crucial that all young people have an equal opportunity to digitally engage with, and access, the exciting opportunities a career in engineering and technology offers. Tackling the digital divide is a hugely important task and that is why, as founding members of the Digital Poverty Alliance, we are working together to bring an end to this inequality, which has been highlighted so starkly during the pandemic.

“We want all young people to thrive and have the choice of the full range of learning options whether that be at university or an apprenticeship. There are many different routes into a career in engineering so no matter what results students receive today, there are lots of options to suit them.”

For more information about a career in engineering, please visit https://education.theiet.org/secondary/careers/

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