Commenting on Labour’s proposals to cut tuition fees, Tim Thomas, Head of Employment and Skills Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation said:
“There is no evidence to suggest that there is a problem with tuition fees that needs fixing. On the contrary, between 2010 and 2013 the number of engineering degree applications increased by 8.7% whilst other subjects fell considerably . Furthermore, there is hard evidence to suggest that the increases to fees have driven young people to make more informed decisions about their careers and employability. If fees are to be reduced by a future Labour government, we will want to talk to them about implementation to ensure that growth in STEM places can be sustained.
“The next government of whatever colour should focus its efforts on ensuring that universities have the resources and capacity to deliver high quality STEM courses that are increasingly demanded by both learners and employers.”