It seems that the popularity of of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects is dropping, according to a recent study titled 'Tough Choices', which has been conducted by Tesco Clubcard creator Edwina Dunn and business lobby group the CBI.
The research made it apparent that an outdated service for career advice and pressure to achieve high grades could be predominantly responsible for this change. Students are instead choosing to study subjects that are deemed easier, however this is causing a skills shortage in STEM industries.
Students don't seem to be aware of the range of career options that could come from studying scientific subjects. Young people "see STEM as a career dead-end", the report warned, and the ever-increasing pressure on pupils to achieve high grades is also driving them away from these subjects.
"When moving from GSCE to A-Level, students fear that it’s harder to get a good grade in maths or science," said Ms Dunn, adding that fear of failure was even more prominent among young girls.
With this in mind, Ms Dunn and the CBI's Paul Drechsler, alongside corporations such as Rio Tinto, Shell and Ford, have created the Your Life campaign to show young people the benefits of studying STEM subjects at A-Level and beyond.
The campaign is working with secondary schools to promote STEM, connecting schools with industry through trips and outreach programmes in a bid to educate both students and teachers alike.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels