Scotland’s leading science and technologies industries offer increasing opportunities for students, the Youth Employment Minister said on 23 February as she visited a college which targets sectors with skills shortages.
Dundee and Angus College has worked with major employers to design programmes in the energy sector, including micro-renewables and oil services.
The new courses are boosting students’ prospects and the college has seen impressive results, with 100 per cent of those studying biofuels going onto further study, training or work.
The college is addressing skills shortages in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors, including the creative and digital industries. It provides tailored programmes to meet industry need and introduce students to the array of careers in these specialist industries.
Ms Ewing said:
“The ICT and digital skills industries are worth around £4.5bn annually to our economy, with more than 84,000 people employed in jobs connected to it in 2014 alone. This poses incredible opportunities for students and D&A College has been among the first to use this knowledge to create better opportunities for its graduates and build links with the sector.
“If we are to meet the need for an additional 11,000 new entrants every year and keep the workforce level with the demand, we are going to need innovative approaches like the work here at D&A College. I am keen to hear about the incredible success these new programmes for the STEM sectors are having. I am also looking forward to discussing how the college is improving the gender balance in these courses and continuing to see the number of graduates coming from our most disadvantaged communities grow to almost 10 per cent above the national average.”