Education, qualifications and skills. It seems these are subjects that will always be relevant; indeed, it seems they will always be controversial.
A recent poll from The Engineer asks how the numbers of young people entering further engineering education can be increased? Less than 24 hours after the poll was launched, 270 responses and 26 comments had been submitted, indicating that for readers of The Engineer, education remains an important issue. It’s also one where opinions clearly differ.
At the time of writing, the leading option on the poll was that industry should play a greater role in schools. However, what that role should be is very much up for debate. Should companies local to schools provide speakers (or tours) for students to give them an idea of what a career in engineering might involve? Or should they play a much more active role nationwide in helping to dictate the content of courses to ensure that when students enter further training (whether that’s at university or an apprenticeship) that they have relevant knowledge?
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