BCC: Science and maths essential

Britain's economy will suffer if more students do not opt to study subjects such as science, technology, engineering and maths, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) says.

According to a report to be released tomorrow by the University of Durham, students are more likely to choose ‘easier’ subjects which may not be as useful to employers in some small business sectors.

David Frost, director general of the BCC, describes the revelations as ‘terrible news’ for the economy and small business as the British economy is already ‘riddled with skills shortages’.

He comments: ‘If the UK is to globally compete as an advanced industrial nation we will need a stream of highly skilled individuals with qualifications in both science and technology. If we do not do this we will become a second division economic power’.

Last week, the government pledged £300 million in funds assigned to help address skills shortages in the manufacturing, construction and hospitality industries.

Adam Wayland

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Adam was Editor of SmallBusiness.co.uk from 2006 to 2008 and prior to that was staff writer on sister publication BusinessXL Magazine.