A new study has revealed the extent of maths anxiety among apprentices in both STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) industries and other sectors, arguing that it is affecting both recruitment and progression.
The report highlights the problems experienced by apprentices when faced with maths learning, which for some can prove to be a considerable barrier to continuing participation in training schemes. The research, undertaken for The Gatsby Foundation by the Coaching for Mathematical Resilience Group (Warwick University, The Progression Trust and ASDAN), looked at both current apprentices and those considering starting an apprenticeship.
Alongside this, ASDAN has also worked with the University of Warwick and the Progression Trust in the context of widening participation to develop solutions to students’ anxiety with learning mathematics. The approach to dealing with the problem of maths anxiety can be used by school staff including teaching and learning support assistants, and also parents and carers, to help young people deal with anxieties which block their achievement in maths and also in other areas of learning.