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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
The economy is always changing and what applies today can be different tomorrow.
Many researchers and economists however agree that the UK will find it difficult to compete internationally if we do not encourage more young people to study STEM subjects.
The UK needs more engineering and science expertise to drive forward an innovative export led economy.
Recent research raises some significant concerns..... 60% of firms struggle to recruit STEM qualified people (Business in the Community)the UK needs to double the number of new science graduates over the next seven years, or see skilled jobs disappear. (The Confederation of British Industry)
The following information gives you an idea about the largest employers in Northern Ireland. Only one of the top 10 companies produces a manufactured product. With a larger STEM skilled workforce, Northern Ireland could have a more dynamic economy producing new technologies and more scientific research.
Top 10 Northern Ireland Companies 2011
|1. Moy Park||Food Processing||10,594|
|6. Royal Mail||Mail Delivery||4,008|
|7. Four Seasons Health Care||Care Homes||3,752|
|9. Dunbia||Food Processing||2,812|
|10. Resource NI||Service Management||2,726|
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)