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S5W-09275: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 17 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in attracting more teachers in STEM subjects, and how this could be of advantage to the oil and gas sector.

Answered by: John Swinney 31 May 2017

The Scottish Government is working to attract more teachers in STEM subjects in a number of ways. Our Recruitment Campaign ‘Teaching Makes People’ targets STEM undergraduates, and builds on the success of last year’s campaign which helped drive a 19% increase in Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) student intakes to Scottish Universities. The current phase of the campaign specifically encourages current undergraduates in STEM subjects to consider teaching as a career.

We have also increased student intake targets for the STEM subjects for the sixth year in a row and on 30 November last year we confirmed that £1 million from the Scottish Government Attainment Scotland Fund would be used to develop new routes into teaching. Included in these new routes, the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde will be offering a combined PGDE and Induction year for STEM graduates.

£400,000 from the Transition Training Fund has also been used to enable 12 oil and gas workers to bring their skills and expertise into STEM teaching in the Aberdeen area and we are currently considering whether this programme can be supported again.