A CAMPAIGN has been launched by Droitwich Spa’s MP to inspire more young people to take up careers in science, technology and engineering.

Peter Luff, MP for Mid-Worcestershire, introduced his ten minute rule bill to the House of Commons on Wednesday, February 13.

He wants to discover the next generation of engineers and fears a potential shortage of young people in the profession could pose a serious threat to the country’s future.

The bill received a warm reception by Members of Parliament from both sides of the house.

It is aimed at inspiring school-aged children to take up engineering careers. It puts an emphasis on schools to provide opportunities - and on Local Enterprise Partnerships to help pupils - to 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 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.

“At its simplest, we need to inspire boys and girls at a much younger age to want to do well in the two subjects of maths and physics. Perhaps the single greatest need is to make more girls want to do physics.”

After leaving the chamber, he added: “I am very pleased with the reception my 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.”