Science: Government Assistance

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 13th July 2010.

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Photo of Tom Clarke Tom Clarke Labour, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support (a) the engineering industry, (b) science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills and (c) the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The information is as follows:

(a) The Government fully recognise the importance of the engineering industry, and its role in achieving a balanced economy. In developing our plans to rebalance the economy, we are keen to ensure that we provide the best environment for long-term sustainable growth in engineering.

(b) The Science Cluster of Sector Skills Councils is undertaking a strategic planning and review of activity to provide a fit between STEM skills provision and skills needs. Apprenticeships are a major contributor to the nation's STEM skills and this Government are committed to expanding Apprenticeships, in particular, Advanced and Higher Apprenticeship. In further education, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service is working to improve the content and delivery of STEM skills. This Department also works closely with the Department for Education to encourage students to choose science and engineering subjects. The Government currently support a range of initiatives such as STEMNET, the Big Bang Fair, and HEFCE's strategically important and vulnerable subjects, and National HE STEM, programmes.

(c) The Government do not provide any support to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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