Edge comment on the 2017 autumn statement

Commenting on the 2017 autumn statement, Edge Chief Executive, Alice Barnard said:

‘We welcome the announcement of £20 million to support delivery of the new T-Levels and £84 million to train additional computer science teachers. 

‘However, the House of Commons Digital Skills Enquiry estimated that the economy needs an additional 745,000 workers with digital skills, while the Employer Skills Survey revealed that there are 209,000 job vacancies due to skills shortages.

‘What is more, schools policy already undermines these measures by focusing on a narrow range of subjects through the outdated EBacc. The number of GCSE entries in computing related subjects actually fell by more than 7,000 last year. Design and Technology, which is essential to training our next generation of engineers and preparing young people for employment, has fallen by more than 45% since 2010.’

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