Google Chairman Criticises UK Science Sector

Eweekeurope.co.uk has reported that Google chairman Eric Schmidt believes the UK to be throwing away its science and technology heritage.

Schmidt criticised the lack of effort put into trying to ignite young people’s passion for science, particularly IT, which is not compulsory past fourteen. The IT courses available at GCSE level were also criticised for teaching how to use, not how to create software. Schmidt believes the answer is to recombine art and science, as was the norm in the Victorian era. Authors such as Lewis Carroll are cited as examples; he taught maths at Cambridge whilst writing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The Google chairman went on to add that the separation of science and humanities, and the lack of championing of the science subjects in schools, is hurting the amount of students applying for undergraduate courses in science at university. Furthermore, though the UK sees a lot of small start-ups, most end up selling to large multi-national companies, something Schmidt says needs to change in order for Britain to re-emerge as a potential scientific leader

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BP Struggle to Fill Roles

Oil and gas company BP are struggling to find skilled engineers to expand their North Sea operations, reports the BBC.

The growth of the North Sea oil and gas fields, expected to create hundreds of jobs, seems to have stagnated as Trevor Garlick, head of BP’s North Sea operations, said the company cannot find the correct people to fill the roles. He adds that “getting hold of the right people is a real issue for us.”

BP views the North Sea as a ‘training ground’ where the most capable employees are developed before being moved overseas. Mr Garlick says that whilst “we are hiring a lot of people, but we are also an exporter of a couple of hundred people to other regions.” It is believed that the oil and gas industry is expected to create over 15,000 jobs in the next five years, though companies complain of the same problem as BP – being able to find qualified staff to fill positions.

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GSK to Create 1,000 UK Jobs

GlaxoSmithKline intends to make a £500 million investment into one of four UK sites, reports the Montrose Review.

The investment is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs in one of four UK plants, with Montrose thought to be the front runner due to the recent movement of biomanufacturing of several products from India to the Montrose plant. The Montrose factory also manufactures the products needed to make products that GSK inherited following its acquisition of Steifel in 2009.

Andrew Witty, GSK chief executive, praised the 280 staff at the Montrose factory for turning around what was an ailing site, up for sale at the turn of the Millennium, into a “globally competitive” production plant.

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Increase in graduate science & engineering jobs

Graduate Science and Engineering JobsAs reported on the Independent website, according to research conducted by the Association of Graduate Recruiters, 40 per cent employers are planning to raise graduate recruitment this year. This could spark a rise in graduate science and engineering jobs.

The survey found that 60 per cent of the 100 companies surveyed said they are still open for applications, while 55 per cent said they had more confidence in the economy compared to three months ago. In addition, the careers website Graduate Prospects, have reported a 50 per cent increase in advertising from recruiters in January to April 2010, compared to the same period in 2009.

Chief Executive of Graduate Prospects, Mark Hill, stated, “Companies are taking on more graduates as the economy is rebounding. Graduates are not as well off as they were before the recession, but they are in a substantially better position. We hope and expect this trend to continue into 2011.”

Indeed the research and engineering company, Dyson, plans to double the number of engineers it employs, creating up to 350 opportunities for engineering graduates. The company head, James Dyson has highlighted the small number of female engineers in the UK and is said to be encouraging females to take on these new engineering graduate jobs. He stated, “We know that 4 per cent of teenage girls want to be engineers, 14 per cent want to be scientists, and 32 per cent want to be models. We need to change that attitude by improving the cultural recognition of science and engineering.”

His thoughts are further consolidated by Engineering UK, who have found that the UK has the lowest rate of female engineers in Europe. In fact, only 9 percent of engineering professionals are women, compared to 18 per cent in Spain, 26 per cent in Sweden and 20 per cent in Italy.

According to new research compiled by Engineering UK, the independent body that helps to promote engineers’ contribution to the UK, Britain has the lowest rate of female engineers in Europe. Only 9 per cent of our engineering professionals are women, compared to 18 per cent in Spain, 26 per cent in Sweden and 20 per cent in Italy.

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