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Closing the skills gap with EDF Energy’s range of education partnerships to inspire uptake of STEM subjects.
Action and Impact
The UK has a skills shortage problem, especially in sectors that depend on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and nearly 40% of UK employers report difficulties recruiting staff.
According to Engineering UK, if industries recruting in STEM related areas were able to attract the right people it could contribute £27 billion to the UK’s GDP.
Meanwhile, women make up less than a quarter of the workforce in four of the five most in-demand industries; inspiring more girls to consider STEM careers is essential to the success of the UK’s industrial strategy.
It is these two problems that EDF Energy, one of the UK’s largest energy companies, hopes to tackle via its skills and education partnerships to engage children from the outset.
The Young HPC Programme, launched in 2017, gives young people CV-writing skills and an understanding of interview techniques.
Pretty Curious, EDF’s partnership with 20th Century Fox and Disney, aims to encourage girls into STEM subjects using the character of Rey from the Last Jedi as inspiration. More than 90,000 visits were made to the Pretty Curious online hub in 2016 alone.
And more than 66%, of UK schools, plus over 200 schools across 56 countries, have registered for The Pod programme which helps teachers educate children on energy efficiency and environmental protection.