Local MP pledges to get more engineering employers involved in local schools
At an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Parliamentary reception this week Andrew Miller, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, met teams of British school children being crowned world champions of an exciting global technology competition for young people. He also pledged his support to help fix the engineering skills shortage and encourage employers in Ellesmere Port and Neston to work proactively with schools to give young people work experience opportunities and inspirational information about the many exciting careers in engineering and technology.
Andrew Miller said:
“Demand for engineers in the UK remains high. We need 87,000 new engineers each year for the next decade, so there is a critical need to do more to promote engineering as an appealing career choice to young people.
“Competitions like the FIRST®LEGO® League inspire young people to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects – helping to address the current skills challenge and it was fantastic to see the achievements of young people from UK schools who had taken on the world and won.
“It is also encouraging to see from the IET’s survey that over half of engineering employers recognise that they have a crucial role to play here - as well as in helping to shape the curriculum so that young people enter the world of work with the skills that employers want.
“MPs are ideally placed to help us capitalise on this opportunity by helping to get more employers involved with the education system at a local level so that we produce a talent pipeline that can sustain a thriving UK economy.”
Local MP pledges to get more engineering employers involved in local schools At an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Parliamentary reception this week Andrew Miller, MP for Ellesmere Port...
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Andrew voted in favour of a bill that would enshrine in law the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7% of national spend on overseas aid. By voting for this bill, which was included in all three party manifestos in 2010, they along with other MPs, have helped to fulfil the government and the country’s pledge to care for the world’s poorest and confirm this in law.
In the run up to the vote, many of constituents from Ellesmere Port & Neston called on Andrew encouraging him to turn up, vote and save lives.
Andrew commented, “Many local residents have contacted me on this issue, I wanted to fulfil our commitment to meeting our UK Aid promise and enshrine it in law. We have a duty to care for the world's poorest and it is also in our interest to help build a more peaceful and stable world.”
UK aid changes and saves lives every day. Since 2012 British aid investment into vaccines and health has contributed to the biggest ever fall in child deaths, saving a child’s life every two minutes from preventable illnesses such as pneumonia and diarrhoea. Since 1990 the number of children dying unnecessary deaths has been cut almost in half, from 12 million a year to 6.9 million. Aid has also contributed to improving education, health, sanitation, gender equality, and other public services that sustain a developing economy and add to global growth.
The 0.7 per cent target was first agreed internationally in 1970 by the United Nations General Assembly. Last year, the UK became the first G7 country to hit this goal.
Andrew voted in favour of a bill that would enshrine in law the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7% of national spend on overseas aid. By voting for this bill, which...
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