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The Skills Gap. Lord Baker of Dorking C.H. The economy is changing. An even bigger story: the baby boomers are retiring. (Thousands). Huge numbers of people will be needed by 2020. Between 2012 and 2020, we need – 830,000 SET professionals (degree level)

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the skills gap

The Skills Gap

Lord Baker of Dorking C.H.

huge numbers of people will be needed by 2020
Huge numbers of people will be needed by 2020

Between 2012 and 2020, we need –

  • 830,000 SET professionals (degree level)
  • 450,000 SET technicians (levels 3 and 4)

SET = science, engineering and technology

Figures include growth + replacement demand (mainly to replace baby boomers planning to retire)

but supply won t meet demand
But supply won’t meet demand

Demand for science, engineering and technology graduates: 104,000 per year between 2012 and 2020

Number of new graduates taking UK jobs in SET occupations: 64,000 per year

Shortfall: 40,000 graduates per year

education is out of step with the economy
Education is out of step with the economy.

Schools, further education colleges, training providers and universities are failing to deliver the skills we need today, let alone tomorrow.

britain s plight
Britain’s plight

Only 4% of 15 year olds in the UK want careers in engineering and computing ...

… placing the UK 35thout of 37 countries in an OECD survey.

we are wrong to delay technical education
We are wrong to delay technical education

In Austria, technical education starts at 14.

In England, most technical education starts at 16 – two years behind.

too many young people start rather than finish level 2 at 16
Too many young people start – rather than finish – level 2 at 16

QCF: Qualifications and Curriculum Framework

what is a utc
What is a UTC?
  • Independent state school
  • 14-18 age range
  • All-ability intake
  • Sub-regional
  • Commitment of a local university
  • Employers involved from the start in shaping and delivering the curriculum
curriculum
Curriculum

14 - 16

40%

Technical

60%

General & bridging

Post-16

40%

General & bridging

60%

Technical

key characteristics of utcs
Key characteristics of UTCs
  • Technical and academic education are integrated
  • Practical work is as highly valued as academic work
  • Longer days (8-30 to 5) and school years (36-40 weeks)
  • Enrichment for all
  • Curriculum projects devised by employers and universities
  • Progression routes include HE, FE, Apprenticeships and employment
what s more
What’s more …
  • Every student who left the JCB Academy last summer had somewhere to go –
    • Apprenticeships
    • Further education
    • University
    • Work
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Four types of 14-18 college:
  • UTCs
  • Liberal arts colleges
  • Career colleges
  • Performing arts and sports colleges
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