Employers and Business
A growing number of employers appreciate the role they can play in increasing young people's interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Ensuring that young people gain the skills and experience they need to become the regions next generation of scientists and engineers.
- Challenge traditional stereotypes that young people have about scientists and engineers
- Ensure that potential future employees come through with the right skills and attitudes
- Help to develop the skills and knowledge of future STEM workforce, including your potential employees
- Have an opportunity to contribute ideas to teachers about how to design a STEM curriculum which fits their local needs
- Gain access to fresh ideas and views through the original and creative thinking of young people
- Strengthen your organisation's reputation in the local community
Working with local schools and young people can have many benefits to your organisation. Not least you will be helping to broaden the career aspirations and outlook of young people, to raise their understanding of the opportunities open to them in STEM related careers. By increasing your employees involvement in the local community you will be helping to inspire young people about STEM careers as well as giving your staff great development opportunities.
There are many ways to get involved including:
- Involve your employees in the STEM Ambassadors Program
- Support a school science, technology, engineering or maths Club.
- Provide industry input into a science or technology project.
- Host industry visits and placements for students and teachers.
- Provide equipment and funding for workshops, challenges and competitions.
- Partner with a school and support a STEM Access Grant – funding specifically aimed at engaging pupils from Black and Minority Ethnic groups in STEM activity.