Engineering campaign gets warm reception

Thursday 14 February 2013 Updated: 18/02 10:11

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PETER Luff's campaign to inspire more young people to take up careers in science, technology and engineering has received a warm reception from his fellow MPs.

The Evesham MP formally introduced his Ten Minute Rule Bill to the House of Commons on Wednesday (February 13) which aims to inspire school-aged children to take up engineering careers.

The Science, Technology and Engineering (Schools Careers Information) Bill also puts an emphasis on schools to provide opportunities, and on Local Enterprise Partnerships, to help pupils develop an interest in science, technology and engineering.

In his speech Mr Luff said: "Recent experience has shown me that the shortage of engineering and technological skills is one of the greatest avoidable threats to our nation’s prosperity and security.

"What I am trying to do in the Bill is simple and focussed - to increase demand from young people, to make them more enthusiastic about pursuing STEM subjects and careers, whether as apprentices or graduates.

"To inspire them about the possibilities in engineering, science and technology.

"To show them by practical example and experience while at school that engineering and technology are exciting and important careers.

"And then to sustain that interest throughout their time at school."

Mr Luff said he also wanted to encourage more girls to do physics and get rid of the stipulation that engineering was about oily rags.

After leaving the Chamber Mr Luff said he was pleased with the reception his Bill got from MPs on all sides of the house.

"This shows an understanding of the real problem we face in the UK with a shortage of scientists and engineers," he added.

“I also very encouraged to see the Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, in the Chamber to hear my speech.

"Although the Bill isn’t going to make it onto the statute book, I know it has stimulated debate within the Government. I look forward to working with ministers to take my ideas forward.

"This Bill is the start of what I hope will be a successful two year personal campaign to get young people interested in science and engineering. I am delighted by the positive reaction to this first step."

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