Talent 2030

Lack of Understanding Fuels Skills Gap

Parents take note! According to The Big Bang, two in three UK parents lack knowledge to encourage their children into skilled careers.

In a study of 3,000 UK parents with children aged 4-17 by The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, a third (31%) say they have no idea about the jobs available in these areas, and one in five (19%) find science and engineering too difficult to comprehend.

Professor Brian Cox, spokesperson and supporter of The Big Bang, said: “With science and engineering ranking so highly on parents ‘most wanted’ careers list, it is clear they have high hopes for their children. But the research suggests that they need to feel more equipped to help their kids make career decisions. Without this encouragement from parents, we could see the STEM skills gap widen which poses a risk to our country’s competitive edge.

“The Big Bang exists to give young people and their parents a better understanding of how just fun and inspiring science and engineering can be. You can find out for yourself by visiting The Big Bang this March. It’s free to attend, and the ideal place to find out about the exciting career options out there.”

The Big Bang takes place at ICC London ExCeL from 10-12 March 2011. Find out more by visiting www.thebigbangfair.co.uk.

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