Research released this week has raised concern at the ‘disconnect’ between what young people learn at school and what skills employers would like to see. Emma Lee-Potter reports

Many people working in science, technology and engineering-related roles say schools do not understand the skills needed by today’s employers.

According to new research published by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity behind the country’s 48 University Technical Colleges (UTCs), young STEM workers would like to see stronger links between employers and schools.

They believe that this would tackle the “disconnect” between what young people learn at school and what employers require of them in the workplace.

The report, which surveyed 1,000 STEM employees between the ages of 20 and 35, found that nearly half (45 per cent) thought the subjects they studied at school were useless in the world of work.

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