Westminster Hall debate on the Future of Engineering Skills and Design and Technology Education.

Published 9th March 2016

Michelle Donelan MP (Chippenham) has secured a 90 minute Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday 15th March, 9.30 – 11.00, on the future of engineering skills and design and technology education. She will be discussing how the newly improved D&T GCSE should be included in the English Baccalaureate to help support schools and businesses. Michelle believes that including D&T within the Ebacc will help address three key issues:

  • the annual shortage of 69,000 trained engineers,
  • only 6% of the UK’s engineering workforce being female
  • 54% of children say they don’t know anything about careers in industry.

Many of you have contacted your local MPs as part of our ‘Designed and Made in Britain…?’ campaign. Please could all members (and non-members) email your MP this week to make them aware of this debate and ask them to attend and take part. You can find your MP and their email address at this link  

Every MP will have businesses in their constituency who regularly raise the issues of the ever-growing skills gaps in engineering, manufacturing and the creative industries. The D&T Association fully supports Michelle’s initiative and is providing background information gained from our campaign. But we need your help - please email your MP this week.

You will be able to watch the debate on Parliament TV as it happens on Tuesday 15th March, 9.30 – 11.00

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