SMMT backs Manifesto for Design and Technology Education

25 May 2011 #SMMT News

SMMT is proud to support the Design and Technology (D&T) Association’s education manifesto, which sets out the argument to keep D&T as a statutory entitlement for all pupils aged five to 14. The manifesto aims to develop and articulate a clear vision for D&T as it faces the challenges posed by changes to the education system.

The teaching of D&T prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies, by learning to think creatively. The subject calls for pupils to become problem solvers, both as individuals and in groups – looking for needs, wants and opportunities and responding to them by developing a range of ideas, making products and systems. Belief in the critical importance of D&T education is shared by a wide range of influential organisations in business and industry, including SMMT.

Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “The motor industry heavily invests in its employees and we need a skills policy which can support the future growth potential of the industry, build expertise and strengthen competitiveness. D&T as part of the curriculum, bringing STEM subjects to life, is an essential part of this policy.”

You can find out more about the D&T Association at

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