Many of the public perceive chemistry as the 'dirty' science. If taught properly, by experts, students develop all of the skill sets required for a productive workforce and are able to articulate how many of the global problems we face today, and have in the past, been addressed by those with a sound education in chemistry.
Many of the laboratory skills developed over a good A-level course teach not only skills in dexterity but also how technology can be leveraged to hone analytical skills. Without our skilled chemistry technicians supporting my colleagues and the students, none of this would be possible. Moreover, it trains students how to recognise patterns, why there are often deviations in trends of patterns, and to be able to view the world from a more abstract perspective.