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Tue Mar 19, 2013, 07:20 AM

9. Shortage of science graduates will thwart manufacturing-based recovery

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/mar/18/recovery-manufacturing-science-technology-graduates


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The government's hope that it can drive an economic recovery by growing the UK's manufacturing industry will be thwarted by a lack of science and technology graduates, a report suggests.

The report – which concludes that there is an annual shortfall of 40,000 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates – has been released amid calls for a national campaign to boost the number of women in science.

A spokesman for the Social Market Foundation (SMF) thinktank, said the number of home-grown graduates in STEM subjects needs to increase by half just to keep science-related industries at their current size.

If the government would like to grow these sectors to drive a recovery at the same time as reducing migration, the shortfall balloons even further.

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