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The Commission identified that education would be a key determinant of the future success and competitiveness of the city and ensuring that the local workforce has the skills necessary to be able to meet the needs of knowledge-intensive businesses.  To that end, the Learning 2050 project explored how MK’s schools and college can give a greater focus to STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering and maths.  This included both what is taught as part of the curriculum and how it’s taught - how opportunities to engage with business can be harnessed and demonstrating how STEM subjects are essential in some high-profile industries.

The project’s core objectives were to help students be able to access future employment opportunities by developing transferable skills and knowledge; for students to be able to access higher education at MK:U with its emphasis on STEM-related subjects; and to have a highly-skilled workforce in the city creating an environment that is attractive to knowledge-intensive business sector employers. 

A regular group of headteachers, representatives from MK College and the Council met to produce a report that looked at Learning 2050 and its objectives.  An action plan set out how to implement a Learning 2050 Board that would work to strengthen school-business links, prepare students for apprenticeships and working life and higher education.

The work initiated by this project now sits within the activity of Milton Keynes City Council's education team.

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