"Explaining my job to the children reminded me why I chose this career and why I love my job - details which can occasionally get lost when I spend too many days stuck in the office!"
Kate Burt, Rail Vehicle Project Engineer, Network Rail
By volunteering to become a STEM Ambassador, your employees are given a brilliant opportunity to motivate young learners whilst also developing themselves professionally through using communication, presentation, and planning skills. It also encourages employees to think about their career in relation to the wider community around them.
Ambassadors are volunteers who challenge the stereotypes most young learners have regarding STEM subjects, motivate them to learn more, and expand students’ knowledge on the types of STEM careers available to them. Ambassadors can become involved in various projects such as delivering career talks, acting as a mentor to students, or assisting with a science and engineering club.
The STEM Ambassadors programme can help businesses develop projects with schools by:
- Arranging a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for Ambassadors
- Inducting Ambassadors about how to approach the classroom
- Finding relevant projects for Ambassadors to become involved with
- Help you build contacts and liaise with schools
You can follow three STEM Ambassadors helping students at Keswick School, Cumbria, to design, construct and successfully launch a rocket carrying one raw medium size hen's egg back to earth in tact.
To learn more about the STEM Ambassadors programme please click here to go to the Ambassadors section.
To contact your local STEM Ambassadors Management contract holder, please click here.
"It is very rewarding to be part of any process that helps young students prepare for life in the real world. When I did my GCSEs and A Levels, school was orientated purely towards academia, which is not the only important factor to get a job in this day and age. I am happy to be part of something that is innovative and it is satisfying to see how much the students gain from this."
Kandarp Thakkar, Hospital Pharmacist
Last Updated: Wednesday 5 December, 2012