在过去的两年里，工程行业培训委员会收到了来自其行业的越来越多的批评，其中有支持的证据，特别是在计算技能方面，学校毕业生为工艺和技术人员提供的培训……从工程行业培训委员会的观点来看，该行业需要招募的新兵中具备比现在更高水平的基础数学素养，并相信，随着学校和工业之间更紧密的合作，孩子们在学校仍然有动力去实现这一目标……然而，数学不仅仅是一个基本的操作技能的问题。我们还需要理解这些概念，而“创新方法”可以更好地教授这些概念。“创新方法”似乎还能提高规划和诊断技能的获取能力，这对工艺和技术人员非常重要。《科克罗夫特报告》(The Cockcroft Report)(1982)。这些是接获的投诉个案，也是谘询委员会于1978年成立的主要原因，目的是调查有关年轻就业人士的计算能力偏低的投诉，以及学校与业界需要改善联系。由此我们可以推断，由于劳动力对数学知识的需求，数学在国家课程中占据了重要的地位，促进了年轻人的数理能力。
The Engineering Industry Training Board, over the last two years, received from its industry increasing criticism, with supporting evidence, of the level of attainment, particularly in arithmetical skills, of school leavers offering themselves for craft and technician training ... In the view of the Engineering Industry Training Board the industry needs a higher level of attainment in basic mathematics among recruits than it is now getting and believes that, with closer cooperation between school and industry, children can while still at school be motivated to achieve this ... Mathematics is, however, not simply a question of basic manipulative skills. An understanding of the concepts is also needed and these are better taught by 'innovative methods', which also appear to enhance the ability to acquire planning and diagnostic skills, of great importance to craft and technician employees.' The Cockcroft Report (1982).These are the examples of complaints received and the main reason for the enquiry committee to set up in 1978 to investigate complaints about low levels of numeracy among young entrants to employment and the need for improved liaison between schools and industry. Hence we could deduce that due the mathematical knowledge demand in the work force has brought mathematics an important place in the national curriculum to promote numeracy skills among the young people.