UK Gov, Rolls Royce and Teach First Join Forces

The government has partnered with Rolls-Royce and Teach First to train 75 new science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers.

The announcement was made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, during his Great British Brands tour.

The three-year partnership aims to provide teaching to disadvantaged young people and was unveiled during the chancellor's visit to Rolls-Royce learning and development centre in Derby.

Osborne said: "Rolls-Royce is a great British success story and its decision to partner with Teach First will help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers.

"Making the UK a world leader in science and innovation is a key part of our long-term economic plan, which is why we have protected the science budget, introduced coding in schools, and launched the Your Life campaign. It was great to be in Derby to witness this new partnership, and to meet some of the latest apprentices at Rolls-Royce."

Colin Smith, Rolls-Royce director of engineering and technology said: "Advanced manufacturing companies like Rolls-Royce offer fantastic career opportunities to people who excel in STEM subjects and it is important that these opportunities are open to children from a diverse range of backgrounds.

"Teach First is making significant progress in increasing the uptake of STEM subjects among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and we are delighted to help support the great work that they do."

Brett Wigdortz, CEO of Teach First added: "The UK economy needs 40,000 extra STEM graduates each year to fill the 104,000 graduate-level STEM jobs the economy requires. But too few students are taking up these subjects and the problem is even worse for pupils in low-income communities.

"Talented and passionate teachers are vital to solving this educational and economic challenge and we are delighted that through the support from Rolls-Royce we will be able to reach and inspire another 11,250 pupils."

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