According to research conducted by STEM Learning in April 2018, 73% of businesses found it difficult to hire staff with the relevant skills in science, tech, engineering and maths over the previous 12 months. And this skills shortage is costing the STEM sector £1.5bn a year.
Many commercial entities and employers offer incredible skills development opportunities, such as apprenticeship schemes and internships, and are working hard to entice young people into STEM through high profile competitions and prizes. And yet, we’re still not seeing the talent, skills base or diversity needed to make up for the shortfall.
In August 2018, one of Europe’s largest airlines announced that it had selected 15 recruits for its new aerospace engineer apprenticeship scheme. Of those 15, only one of them is a woman. Why? Because hardly any women applied.
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