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Stow College calls for new teaching methods for science subjects

Teaching methods in science subjects need to be radically changed in order to attract more young people into the engineering sector, according to the views of Stow College.

Addressing the annual ACCT (Association of Community College Trustees) Conference, in New York, members of the Glasgow college, argued that the introduction of new pathways in STEM subjects is vital, in halting declining student numbers and a skills shortage.

Since the start of this year, the college has witnessed a 36 per cent increase in applications for its courses in science, technology, engineering and maths following its recent changes.

Vice Principal of Stow College, Alex McLean said: "It is vital that we address the problem of falling student numbers in the STEM subjects. Our national and international economies demand skilled workers in this area and currently there simply aren’t enough workers to meet demand throughout the developed world."

The college also hopes to attract more young people into a career in renewable energies, following the introduction of a new Skills for Work in Energy initiative.

Mr McLean added: "Stow College is already working closely with partners in Scotland to address this problem and meet Scottish Government priorities, and we are now looking to work with international partners to address the issue in a global context."

Jason Seebaruth

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