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Glasgow holds STEM event to boost interest in science jobs

More than 200 children have taken part in a special event to help boost the number of people pursuing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) jobs.

Part of a push by Glasgow Clyde College, the event aimed to encourage interest from the pupils, who are part of the generation that will need to meet the demand caused by the predicted rise in technology and science jobs.

According to research, more than half a million engineering, technology and science jobs will need to be filled in the next six years as some of the industry's older workers reach retirement age. However, there is currently thought to be a shortfall of the workers with the correct skills of up to 60,000.

SmartSTEM events, sponsored by EDF Energy, such as that held in Glasgow, are targeting children aged 10 to 14 with the goal of boosting the number of people studying STEM subjects, and subsequently the number of people available to fill future vacancies.

Paul Winkle, EDF Energy's Scottish Business Director, commented: “Jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths are expected to grow at double the rate of other occupations but it's projected that there won’t be enough graduates and apprentices to fill the roles."

"EDF Energy hopes that by capturing their imaginations at events like this one more children will be inspired to study STEM subjects at school."

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