Calls for ‘Sustainability’ to be included within the UK National Curriculum
Monday, March 30, 2015
A new survey has found that as many as 95% of environmental professionals want to see sustainability issues given more prominence in the National Curriculum and other learning frameworks.
The poll, which was undertaken by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), asked members a series of questions on the future of sustainability skills in the UK. It saw an overwhelming support for a centralised commitment to sustainability education, with 88% of members also saying that the Government should prioritise expanding the core range of skills known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to include Sustainability.
The poll results reinforce IEMA’s 2014 Report – Preparing for the Perfect Storm – which found that only 13% of organisations are fully confident that they have the right skills to compete in a sustainable economy.
IEMA, and many of its members, feel that the current gap between the supply and demand for sustainability skills could threaten the UK’s future ability to compete on a global scale.
96% of members also say that the incoming Government should commit to delivering a cross-sector sustainability skills strategy, which aims to embed environment and sustainability skills throughout all education and training schemes, in order to bridge the current skills gap.
This is the third in a series of polls from IEMA in the run up to the General Election. The first poll revealed that the main party leaders are not trusted by sustainability professionals on climate change policy, while the second found that 88% said their own industry was falling short on circular economy efforts.
Further information about the survey can be found on the IEMA website here.
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