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Welsh students encouraged to study science

28/10/2010 Joanna
Welsh students are being encouraged to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects as part of a new £3 million project.

Known as STEM Cymru, it was unveiled earlier this week by Lesley Griffiths, deputy minister for science, innovation and skills.

"STEM Cymru provides a comprehensive range of extremely valuable and stimulating experiences for young people enabling them to get a real taste of the value of science subjects and the rewarding career options they present," the minister said.

The scheme will target students between the ages of 12 and 19, giving them the opportunity to take part in hands-on activities, competitions, career-related programmes and industry work experience placements.

It is being backed by £1.6 million from the European Social Fund, as well as industry support.

According to the National STEM Centre, British companies are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit people with the science and engineering skills they require.
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