UK Gov, Rolls-Royce and Teach First join forces for STEM

UK Gov teams up with Rolls-Royce and Teach First to train 75 new STEM teachers

The government has partnered with Rolls-Royce and Teach First to train 75 new science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, during his Great British Brands tour.

The three-year partnership aims to provide teaching to disadvantaged young people and was unveiled during the Chancellor's visit to the Rolls-Royce’s learning and development centre in Derby.

The partnership will allow Teach First to recruit and train 75 more STEM teachers to help raise the achievements of an estimated 10,000 students.

Osborne said: "Rolls-Royce is a great British success story and its decision to partner with Teach First will help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers.

"Making the UK a world leader in science and innovation is a key part of our long-term economic plan, which is why we have protected the science budget, introduced coding in schools, and launched the Your Life campaign. It was great to be in Derby to witness this new partnership, and to meet some of the latest apprentices at Rolls-Royce.”

Colin Smith, Rolls-Royce, director of engineering and technology, said: "Advanced manufacturing companies like Rolls-Royce offer fantastic career opportunities to people who excel in STEM subjects and it is important that these opportunities are open to children from a diverse range of backgrounds.

"Teach First is making significant progress in increasing the uptake of STEM subjects among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and we are delighted to help support the great work that they do.”

Brett Wigdortz, CEO of Teach First, said: "The UK economy needs 40,000 extra STEM graduates each year to fill the 104,000 graduate-level STEM jobs the economy requires. But too few students are taking up these subjects and the problem is even worse for pupils in low-income communities.

"Talented and passionate teachers are vital to solving this educational and economic challenge and we are delighted that through the support from Rolls-Royce we will be able to reach and inspire another 11,250 pupils.”

With children returning to school this week and the new computing curriculum starting there has been a huge focus on encouraging the next generation.

Visiting Grove Park Primary School in Chiswick, reform minister Nick Gibb said the new curriculum will make Britain the "envy of the world".

He said: "Our plan for education is to ensure that young people leave school with the knowledge, skills and ambition to succeed in modern Britain and to compete in the global labour market. Central to that plan is our new curriculum, which will not only give young people a solid grounding in the basics but also challenge them and ensure they fulfill every ounce of their potential.

"We are determined to eradicate illiteracy and innumeracy. That is why our new English and maths programmes of study will help children master the fundamental concepts of both subjects – the best way to improve achievement for all pupils. We want our teachers; the best in the world, to have the freedom to do what they know is best and shape that curriculum to provide the maximum benefit for their pupils.”

The Report on Jobs, published today by KPMG and REC, found demand for permanent IT staff has spiked 68.4 in July to 70.4 in August. The figure is the steepest expansion in demand for permanent IT workers since August 1998.

Heath Jackson, partner in the CIO Advisory practice at KPMG, said: "The latest jobs figures for the technology sector mirrored the sunshine of August. The figures experienced the steepest expansion in demand for permanent workers since August 1998 while temporary vacancies also rose at the quickest rate in 16 years.  

"But the gloomy weather towards the end of the month reflected the problem the industry is still facing: skills. The desperation to fill recruitment holes is leading to continued wage growth, which is creating a market that is both unsustainable and unrealistic. It’s a conundrum British business will have to solve quickly because if the job market stagnates the wider impact on performance will end up harming productivity.”

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