The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling on more young people to study science, engineering and technology.

IET chief executive Robin McGill, commenting on this year’s A-level results, said: “While we are encouraged by the year-on-year improvement in overall pass rates, too few young people are taking science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There is a major need to change the image and profile of engineering and to improve education and in-school activities.

“Our own research into why young people are turned off by these subjects shows that the main barriers are the need for quality teaching, perceived difficulties of the subjects and negative views about careers in the industry.

“Somewhere along the line we are letting young people down by not opening their eyes to the huge potential of a career in engineering and technology. We must take off the blinkers and provide a clear vision of what the future could look like.

“Employers want young people with good skills, and the ability to apply these.”