BAE Systems is supporting the three-year campaign which aims to raise participation in science maths and physics A levels by 50 per cent in three years and ensure the UK is equipped with the skills it needs for today’s fast changing employment landscape. Technical, analytical and logic skills are increasingly required in all industries from fashion and film to manufacturing and retail. The UK currently faces an annual shortfall of 40,000 workers with the necessary scientific and mathematical skills.
Addressing an audience of inventors, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and young people at Google’s Headquarters, the Secretary of State outlined her ambition to encourage a new generation of young people, especially girls, to study maths and physics to put them on the fast track to the exciting careers of the future.
The Your Life campaign will raise awareness of the career opportunities presented by studying science and math subjects, promote positive role models in industry, create mentoring programmes for young people and work placement opportunities with leading businesses. campaign is being led by a group of leading UK companies and major employers. In addition to BAE Systems, representatives from Carillion, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Rio Tinto, Shell and Visa will join a Corporate Advisory Board which is central to the industry-led nature of the campaign and will ensure all activity directly correlates to the UK’s real recruitment needs. The campaign has also received the backing of more than 200 business organisations, many of whom have pledged to offer their support to young people interested in pursuing a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:
"Developing the best schools and skills is a key part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain's future, and the skills taught by subjects like maths and science are some of those most valued by employers and universities. That's why I am pleased to support the Your Life campaign to encourage more young people, and especially girls, to study these subjects by showing the exciting opportunities they can bring.
Our plan for education will ensure that all young people leave school with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life in modern Britain. Increasing the focus on STEM subjects is a key part of this as it will empower girls and boys equally to leave school able to get a job and get on in life."