Wednesday 3rd March 2010 | 10:42
BIS and DCSF respond to the Science for Careers Expert Group report
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the
Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) today welcome the
publication of the report from the Science for Careers Expert Group.
BIS and DCSF would like to thank Diana Garnham and her Expert Group
for this important piece of work.
Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson said:
"Young people have a natural sense of wonder about the world. We
must tap into it so today’s students and pupils are inspired to
blaze a trail in science careers.
"The range of opportunities to discover science is amazing. Whether
at our world-class universities and colleges, or through vocational
opportunities such as modern apprenticeships, it’s vital to provide
young people with clear advice and information on acquiring the skills
needed to succeed.
"We’ve made significant progress in recent years to improve careers
advice in our schools, colleges and universities. In Higher Ambitions
we outlined how we wish to build on this and will now also consider
the recommendations in this excellent report."
Schools Minister Iain Wright said:
"Science is everywhere in our lives and science education can be the
launch-pad into all sorts of different careers. So it’s vital all
young people, of all backgrounds, and who might be studying academic
and vocational subjects, are aware of the exciting science-related
careers available to them.
"We particularly welcome the recommendation that subjects such as art
and design, design technology and geography are seen as routes into
the sciences as well as more traditional science subjects.
"The report will build on the work we’ve already done, including
our new careers guidance strategy, Quality, Choice and Aspiration, to
give students suitable and exciting routes into science."