The Your Life campaign’s Tough Choices report highlights the issue of declining interest in STEM as students get older and looks to inspire schools and industry to tackle the problem. Rhiannon Thomas explains

The UK has a serious shortage of people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. The Campaign for Science and Engineering suggests the shortfall of STEM workers in the UK is as high as 40,000 each year.

Today, every business needs a digital presence for success and STEM skills are no longer only relevant to one or two specific sectors of the economy.

Modern organisations deploy technology across many functions, so an ever-greater proportion of the workforce requires abilities in STEM.

This in turn means the UK STEM skills gap is set to grow, not diminish. Businesses will be increasingly dependent on digital knowledge and numerical analytics, which puts a high premium on maths and physics skills in young adults.

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