Anna Purchas, Head of People at KPMG in the UK comments on the Chancellor's investment in schools and teaching.
Commenting on the announcement that the Chancellor will boost teacher training in underperforming schools, provide additional funding to improve the take up of maths and deliver an £84m injection to triple the number of qualified computer science teachers, Anna Purchas, Head of people at KPMG in the UK said:
“Today’s announcement that the Government will provide additional funding to improve the skills of the UK’s future workforce is a step in the right direction for business.
“Investing in schools that have until now underperformed will allow organisations to gain access to a greater pool of talented young people who may not previously have had the opportunity to shine.
“Additionally bridging the skills gap that currently exists within STEM will be a positive message for business leaders, ensuring their recruitment pipeline is fit for purpose and better allowing the UK to remain competitive post Brexit as outlined in the Industrial Strategy.
“However the emphasis must be on increasing the quality of teaching rather than just the take up numbers. Government must provide stringent guidelines to ensure this additional funding is spent in the best way to benefit the future UK workforce.”
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