As part of a wider plan to encourage young people to look at careers in the oil and gas sector, BP has announced that it is taking part in Enterprising Science – a UK-wide science learning program aimed at inspiring and engaging more young people to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The five-year partnership – which also involves The Science Museum and King’s College London – will build on a previous five-year initiative, called Talk Science, to develop effective, evidence-based tools and techniques to bring science to life for young people, as well as their teachers and families. More than 2,000 teachers and up to 400,000 students will be involved in piloting these tools and techniques during the development of the program.

Peter Mather, BP’s Head of Country for the UK, commented in a company statement:

“BP is delighted to be supporting this new five year, £4.3 million [$6.6 million] Enterprising Science partnership. The UK is the home for BP and we want to help develop and encourage young people with skills in the STEM subjects to look at careers in the oil and gas business, as well as the other STEM-based industries in the UK. We hope this program will help attract young people to STEM careers in the future.”

BP’s involvement in Enterprising Science is the latest in a series of initiatives the company has embarked upon to encourage interest among the UK’s young people in the oil and gas sector. In November, the firm launched a scholarship program for students studying STEM subjects at nine selected universities across the UK, while every year it runs an Ultimate Field Trip competition that sees teams of students compete for a work placement at a BP site around the world.