The quality of post-16 courses in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is being “undermined” by a lack of time for staff to develop their skills and knowledge, a new report claims.
In a consultation carried out for the Education and Training Foundation, staff from FE colleges, sixth-form colleges and learning providers told the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) that funding cuts made it difficult for them to take part in continuing professional development (CPD) to improve and update their skills.
They also reported poor awareness of STEM careers among young people, causing a fall in demand for STEM courses,
The report recommends that the ETF support the recruitment and retention of Stem staff, provide Stem-related CPD and opportunities to share best practice, and support greater involvement from employers. It follows a report earlier this year by think tank NEF: The Innovation Institute, which called for a “radical overhaul” of Stem-based FE courses to avert a “wholesale crisis” in industry.
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EU Funding can make up for those shortfalls in funding that the FE sector is currently experiencing and help create the time and the trans-national partnerships with employers and other learning providers to ensure that staff get a better view of the latest technological developments and skills requirements and be better able to link delivery of curriculum to the world of work.
NGi has the expertise and track record to work with you to help you gain that funding to ensure that the quality of your STEM courses stays relevant and up to date - just check out the 'Our Work' section of our website to see how we have helped many organisations do just that.