Will.i.am launches £500,000 science fund

The musician, singer and digital entrepreneur donates half a million pounds to the Princes Trust to promote science subjects.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 12 Mar 2013
Many businesses have complained that British school leavers are ill-equipped for the workforce, and a lack of computer skills and maths are two of the skills shortages to have been singled out. Now Will.i.am has entered the debate. The Black Eyed Peas frontman has launched a £500,000 scheme through the Prince’s Trust to boost the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths for disadvantaged children.

Under the initiative, staff from the Science Museum will visit Prince's Trust clubs in schools to work with young people who are at risk of exclusion or under-achieving.

‘Inspiring young people through science and technology is a powerful tool and I am proud to see my donation to the Prince's Trust being put into action to help engage disadvantaged youth who would not otherwise have access to technology and science education,’ Will.i.am said, launching the scheme at London’s Science Museum on Monday.

It’s a fine sentiment, but £500,000 doesn't go very far these days...

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