IET Budget reaction: Financial boost for Maths pupils a small step in right direction for engineering

Stephanie Baxter, Education Lead at the IET, said: “As we are facing an engineering shortfall in the next decade, the financial boost for students studying the crucial engineering gateway subject of Maths at A-Level is welcome news.


“This is a small step in the right direction and there remains huge demand for engineers. We ultimately need to look at the focus on Maths and Physics, as studying engineering is creative and should not be limited to only those who have taken these subjects.


“We are at risk of stifling economic growth if we do not encourage more students to study engineering, which is crucial to ensuring a healthy and balanced economy. It is vital that students are supported in their studies so that they are aware of the exciting range of engineering roles available to them. This extends past GSCE and A-Level choices to university, apprenticeships and providing quality work experience.”


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