Tim Peake teams up with Welsh Government for £7.2 million STEM fund

Astronaut Tim Peake recently travelled to Cardiff to announce a £7.2 million fund that will encourage more young people to take up technology and science courses.
He joined Eluned Morgan – the minister for Welsh language and lifelong learning – at an event organised by The Prince’s Trust Cymru in Tramshed Tech.
They met young people who are taking part in the charity’s STEM programmes and launched the new fund, which includes £5.2 million from the European Union.
Gwynedd Council’s STEM Gogledd and Swansea University’s Technocamps will both receive £1.4m and £3.8m of EU funding through the initiative.
Both projects are working to close the STEM skills gap throughout Wales and get more young people developing careers in the technology industry.
Over the next four years, STEM Gogledd will work with 600 young people. Meanwhile, Technocamps will support 3,600 young people across West Wales, North Wales and the South Wales Valleys, two-thirds of whom will be female.

Announcing the funding, the Minister said: “It is a pleasure to be standing alongside Tim Peake today to announce such an important investment which will help to build the skills of our young people to help drive the Welsh economy.

“Wales must become a STEM nation if we are to build a modern, dynamic, open economy that benefits everyone in Wales.

“Both the pace and nature of technological change is increasing dramatically and, to have the skilled workforce to capitalise on it, it is vital we have more young people who choose to study STEM subjects to a sufficiently high standard.

“This is why I am grateful to organisations like The Prince’s Trust for their pioneering programmes and to role models, like Tim, who are influential in promoting the study of STEM subjects. Tim’s Principia mission inspired a generation and showed just how far, literally, science can take you.”

Philip Jones, Director of The Prince’s Trust Cymru, added: “We are delighted that Tim Peake was able to join us and Welsh Government in promoting the importance of STEM to Welsh Education today.

“At The Prince’s Trust Cymru, we believe every young person should have the chance to succeed, and we believe Welsh Government’s latest commitment to STEM activities will help transform more young lives in Wales.”

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