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Food Technology - Careers

A Catalyst article about careers in the food industry. The food and drink industries are part of a chain linking farming and growing through to food processing, manufacture and finally to the sale of food in supermarkets and restaurants. This article describes some of the many career areas in food technology...

Astronomy - Careers

This Catalyst article investigates possible careers in astronomy and space science. It provides some information on a number of academic courses leading to an exciting career in astronomy; the article also lists places to visit for those with general interest in astronomy.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE...

Building for growth: business priorities for education and skills

This education and skills survey by the CBI was published in 2011. The survey looks at the "skills base of the nation" and whether the vocational skills needed by business and industry are being offered by students progressing from compulsory education. This survey records a significant response from employers and...

The professional development needs of early-career teachers in Scotland

This paper, published in 2013,  draws on a research project commissioned by Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), the curriculum and inspection body for school education in Scotland. The project sought to identify the specific professional learning needs of teachers in years two to six of their careers, that is, in...

Technicians and progression

This Technicians and Progression report from the Skills Commission presents the findings of an inquiry into the alternatives to university degrees that the post-16 education system provides. The report maintains that post-compulsory education should offer a diverse range of education provision, vocational as well...

Work experience: impact and delivery - insights from the evidence

A report published in April 2012 by Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers Taskforce. This paper presents findings from recent research into the value of work experience to young people.

The purpose of this paper is to share evidence considered by the Education and...

STEM Baseline Survey - Summary Report

This report from the Department for Education,  published in January 2010, provides a summary of findings from the STEM Baseline Survey Research Programme. It reports on a programme of activities aimed at improving STEM careers awareness in secondary schools.

The primary purpose of...

School Organisation and STEM Career-related Learning

Published in August 2013 by the The National STEM Learning Centre and Network, the aim of this research project was to identify the range of factors that shape senior leadership team decisions with regards to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career-related learning.

Evidence has shown...

Process Chemistry

A Catalyst article describing how process chemists work in the pharmaceutical industry, devising methods of making new drugs. Process chemists are a link in the chain from an initial idea to a new drug making it to the market. It generally takes at least 10 years from an idea by a medicinal chemist to a new...

Careers in the Pharmaceutical Industry

This Catalyst article describes the work of five young people who work in the pharmaceutical industry. The industry employs more than 70 000 people in the UK in a variety of roles including drug development and scientific research, manufacturing and making the medicines, IT, statistics, testing the drugs and...

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