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Jenson Button backs campaign for young engineers and mathematicians

McLaren Formula 1 (F1) driver Jenson Button has got behind a campaign run by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to encourage young students to study Stem subjects - that is science, technology, engineering and mathematics - in school.

This follows the publication of a Social Market Foundation study, which showed that one in five young people will need to become an engineer when they are older if the UK jobs market is to have any chance of addressing the skills shortage it is currently experiencing in certain sectors.

According to Button, while he says that the drama and glamour of F1 might seem worlds away from life at school, "our sport wouldn't exist without the tireless work and dedication of some of the world's cleverest scientists, engineers and mathematicians", the Telegraph reported.

Getting such a big name behind the campaign in what is to many children an extremely exciting career will hopefully go some way to proving that these perhaps seemingly 'nerdy' subjects are well worth paying attention to in the classroom.

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Posted by John OakADNFCR-1617-ID-801562151-ADNFCR

26/03/2013