Event highlights need for greater uptake of maths in schools

Invest Northern Ireland recently joined with Queen’s University, Belfast to hold an event to highlight the importance of mathematics skills for the workforce and the economy.

The ‘Focus on Maths: from school to work’ event had an audience of over 180 representatives from business and academia along with head teachers and mathematics teachers from around Northern Ireland.

The aim was both to raise the profile and take up of Maths in schools and promote the fact that having a Maths qualification can offer students a greater range of career opportunities.

Jeremy Fitch, Invest NI’s Executive Director of Business and Sector Development, said: “We are pleased to support this initiative bringing together academia and business to identify a way forward to address this skills gap. If Northern Ireland businesses are to succeed in the global marketplace we need a graduate workforce that has the right skills, and increasingly Maths is seen as a core competence.”

Professor Ellen Douglas-Cowie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University, said: “We, at Queen’s, are focused on how we can equip our students to enter the workplace with the skills needed by industry in Northern Ireland and to further strengthen the strong links we already have with the business community. This event is an opportunity to work with schools and businesses to map out a way to increase the number of students with Maths skills