Why do we need more people to join #TeamScience?

Why do we need more people to join #TeamScience?

The science and engineering industries are an important part of the UK economy, and have the potential to keep growing in the future. For this to happen we need more scientists and engineers… but, at the moment, we are currently facing a skills shortage of around 40,000 specialists every year.1

One major reason for this is that not enough young people aspire to study STEM subjects after the age of 16.2 And this isn’t because children see science as boring or unimportant.

More than 7 out of 10 say they learn interesting things in science, and that scientists make a difference in the world.2

But, despite this interest, many children simply decide that science isn’t for them – and many make this decision before the age of 11. This can be a particular issue among girls, and children from working-class and some minority ethnic backgrounds.2

Science is amazing (children know this!) and we’d like to see more young people believing it’s something they can be a part of. That’s what #TeamScience is all about.

How can science fit into a young person’s future?

There are lots of different careers available within the science and engineering industries… As well as careers that use science and the skills associated with it in other industries.

By studying science young people can develop a huge range of transferable skills that they can apply to whatever career they choose.

We're not just talking about jobs and careers

We’d like young people to believe that they are capable of being whatever they want to be, rather than counting themselves out before they hit their teens.

Visit the full #TeamScience website, which includes the choose your team game, stories from real people, careers info and features.

References:

  1. Kings College London. The Department of Education & Professional Studies. ASPIRES: Young people’s science and career aspirations, age 10-14.
     
  2. Campaign for Science and Engineering. CaSE Report - Improving Diversity in STEM.

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