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Science graduate jobs could rise if new report recommendations followed

Published: Monday, 24 January 2011   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

It is vital that businesses engage with schools in order to encourage more young people to consider science graduate jobs, a new report from a university has recommended.

The Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University has commented in response to a report titled Outdoor Science from the Association of Science Education, which highlighted the obstacles facing the provision of effective science field trips in schools.

It advised a reduction in health and safety bureaucracy to make field trips easier, which would enamour children to science from an early age.

Pat Morton, project manager, agreed that health and safety "can restrict" field trips and science education more generally and "is quite often misinterpreted" to negative effect.

She also stressed the importance of employer involvement, stating that "there are a whole range of schemes through which they can get involved with schools" in order to inspire students.

"Employers really do need to be involved with education, and there's lots of scope to be able to do that now, lots of support and organisations that can help them," Ms Morton concluded.

Michael Gove, secretary of state for education, recently announced that the national curriculum in England will be subject to a major review and will be replaced with a new curriculum on September 13th.

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