The Grand Challenges

The Grand Challenges programme aims to help young people develop the skills needed to bridge the gap between learning and career choices.

Industrial Strategy logoThe Government’s Industrial Strategy sets out four key Grand Challenges for our future: 

artificial intelligence
ageing society
clean growth
future mobility


Working together, Government, businesses, organisations and education can solve these challenges and make a real difference to people’s lives. In partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), we have developed a collection of resources, to improve people’s knowledge of future career opportunities, the types of STEM skills that are needed and how young people can gain those skills.


Inspire young people with the Grand Challenges

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Our future cities (and how we get there)

Ask the young people in your classroom or club what they think a future city might look like. Delivery robots? Driverless cars? Flying pods? They might not be far off.The global technological breakthrough we’re approaching will influence all of our lives. Future mobility means smart cities. Cities with intelligent traffic lights, electric vehicles and...

Get involved with the Youth Industrial Strategy Competition

The Youth Industrial Strategy Competition is a new national STEM initiative that aims to inspire and challenge young people aged 11 to 19.Focused around the four Grand Challenges of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, the competition calls on students to come up with innovative solutions that have the...

The Government’s Industrial Strategy one year on: successfully bringing industry and education together

This week marks the first anniversary of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, launched to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK.As the demand for STEM skills in the UK has reached a critical point, business and education must work together to support Government by investing in the...

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Or click here to learn more about the Industrial Strategy and Grand Challenges from The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.