To inspire next generation of UK scientists we need to start in schools

Analysis by Boston Consulting Group suggests that “a key problem is that outreach remains fragmented. While some schools benefit from multiple activities, others receive none.”

At the launch of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, Shell announced an investment of over £1m to help address the UK’s critical shortage of scientists and engineers. 

Erik Bonino, chairman of Shell UK, said: “When it comes to inspiring the next generation of great British scientists, engineers and innovators, we need to start in schools. We need to connect classroom learning to the exciting opportunities that a technical career can offer.

“Only by engaging young people and their teachers in this way, will we encourage more students to progress in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and careers.”u2028

It is time for the wider engineering community to work together and pool resources to address the STEM skills shortage.

Indeed, Bonino has a similar view. “With the UK looking to grow the innovation economy and boost GDP, government, business and the engineering community are all committed to growing our numbers of scientists and engineers,” he said. “There is no shortage of activity underway, but it’s not joined up and doesn’t make the impact it should.

“Unless we get smarter in working together, we will miss a vital opportunity to create a rich talent pool for the future. In our industry alone, this is critical if we are to meet the significant energy challenges of the future.”

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