Daily Express

Plea to fix slump in engineers

- By Catherine Lough

A DROP in pupils studying design and technology (D&T) could be preventing the less affluent becoming engineers, a report says.

Researcher­s say D&T is a “potential pathway” into engineerin­g degrees. But the number of pupils taking it fell by 42 per cent from 2010 to 2017.

Engineerin­g is more socially diverse than other profession­s. But it still ranks just 13th out of 31 in how those from less well-off background­s are represente­d on university courses.

That, the Sutton Trust and Bridge Group study says, is partly driven by pupils’ “limited access” to triple-science GCSEs.

The report says: “This is compounded by the decline of design and technology (also more acute among schools in areas of socio-economic disadvanta­ge) – a subject that is considered key to developing young people’s skills and interests in this area.”

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