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London, United Kingdom, 2013/02/05 - A new report published by NEF: The Innovation Institute shows that there is room for a “radical re-think” for vocational education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
to meet the demands of 21st Century employment - TheNEF.org.uk.
“Ideas only become worthwhile innovations if they can be put into practice”
In his foreword to the NEF report, Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group said: “It would be wonderful if students emerged, especially from vocational training, with technical know-how but also a good appreciation of business skills and personal behaviours needed for success. Some colleges will need to fundamentally rethink their approach and curriculum but I hope this report gives a wider understanding towards making these changes.”
The report,"Open Innovation in STEM Learning", recognises the well documented “skills gap” that has emerged in the UK: as students are not being trained enough in science, technology, engineering and maths to support our commercial and industrial ambitions. However, it also highlights that these skills are not always sufficient for innovation.
In order to achieve real innovation and growth, it usually needs a much wider understanding of the aims and limitations of commerce, the ways to convince to try something new, and the value of learning from failures.
For further information:
Prof. Sa’ad Medhat, PhD MPhil CEng FIET FCIM FCMI FRSA
NEF: The Innovation Institute
T: +44(0)20 8786 3677 / M: +44(0)77 2028 6699
About The New Engineering Foundation (NEF)
1. The New Engineering Foundation (thenef.org.uk) is a UK-based not for profit registered charity and Think-Tank founded by Prof. Sa'ad Medhat in 2004, which focuses on developing science and technical education. The organisation works to improve standards of teaching and training in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), through working closely with further education colleges and businesses throughout the United Kingdom, and provides direct services to technical professionals in the learning and skills sector. It also works with government to affect policy and increase standards in further and higher education.
2. NEF Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange is a Professional Body and Think-Tank that supports SciTech Innovation.