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Dick Olver - Britain needs a new generation of engineers to stay in the global vanguard

Dick Olver - Chairman BAE Systems
In a speech at City University’s Annual Dinner in London on Wednesday 10th April, Our Chairman Dick Olver outlined his belief that the UK’s ability to deliver science, technology, engineering and maths skills is critical to the nation’s commercial success.

Speaking to an audience of more than 250, Dick said: “With due respect to the UK’s world-class companies in some others sectors, we aren’t going to ‘retail’ our way to a more dynamic and competitive economy….. the only way is to keep designing and delivering innovative products and services that people the world over will queue up to buy.’

The Chairman went on to describe his public concerns at new proposals for the Design & Technology element of the national curriculum saying: “The D&T curriculum must focus on meeting the needs of a modern, technologically literate society.  It should be about preparing kids for study in engineering and science about exposing youngsters to new design techniques such as biomimicry, Computer Aided Design, and teaching the importance of electronics and control.  It shouldn’t be about developing an emphasis on cooking or horticulture as currently proposed.”

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