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Skills Gap Programme Background

The Skills Gap Programme has been developed by the Design & Technology Association as part of its commitment to support Design and Technology teachers in keeping pace with technological developments and deliver a curriculum fit for the 21st century.

Ofsted 2011, and Lord Baker's Skills Mismatch Reports (read more) highlighted that there are gaps in teaching knowledge.  The Skills Gap Programme works to support teachers through industry-linked training and resources to support the development of design, technical skills and knowledge which can then be applied in the classroom.  

Skills Gap provides the opportunity for all schools to benefit, either through full-scale participation (read more Get Involved-School) or by using teaching resources which are generated through the programme, by participating teachers, with genuine business input and tested in a real classroom situation (read more Teaching Resources).   

The programme’s longer term aim is to help reduce the well-documented skills gaps in key related industries and high youth unemployment, by inspiring and training teachers to prepare the next generation of engineers, manufacturers, food technologists, designers, architects etc.  Through the programme, businesses have the opportunity to support schools in developing skills for their future workforce (read more Get Involved-Business).