Future You Ambassador Training

With a recent study suggesting that volunteering could be good for your health, you may be interested in a new opportunity in the field of science education. 

Cogent Skills, SEMTA and Skills for Health are running free training sessions for volunteers wishing to become ambassadors for young people interested in careers Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). The focus is on industries such as life sciences and healthcare. 

Find out about the free Future You STEM Ambassador Training here.

Who are STEM ambassadors?

STEM Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects. STEM Ambassadors not only inspire young people, they also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.

STEM Ambassadors contribute to their local community and at the same time boost their own professional skills, experience and confidence.

What does a STEM ambassador do?

STEM Ambassadors get involved in a huge range of activities, which can all have an impact on young people’s learning and enjoyment of STEM, including:

  • Giving careers talks or helping at careers fairs
  • Providing technical advice or practical support to STEM projects in the classroom
  • Supporting projects in after-school STEM Clubs
  • Judging school STEM competitions
  • Speed networking with pupils, parents and teachers
  • Devising or delivering practical STEM experiments or demonstrations
  • Helping students with mock job interviews

STEMnet only ask that you commit to a minimum one activity per year. Many of the existing volunteers are able to do a lot more and often get involved in a number of STEM events and initiatives.

Who can be a STEM ambassador?

STEM Ambassadors include: Apprentices, Zoologists, Set designers, Climate change scientists, Engineers of all disciplines, Farmers, Designers, Geologists, Nuclear physicists, Architects, Physicists, Ice core chemistry technicians, Pharmacists and Energy Analysts.

STEM Ambassadors cross all ages and backgrounds, representing thousands of different employers across the UK. There are enthusiastic STEM Ambassadors from 18 to 70 years of age.

Why become a STEM ambassador?

There are many reasons why people become STEM Ambassadors

  • To engage and enthuse young people about STEM
  • Give teachers a unique perspective on how the STEM curriculum can be demonstrated in the world of work
  • Encourage young people to consider STEM careers and qualification
  • Contribute to improved academic achievement in STEM subjects.
  • Develop other employability skills in young people, including confidence, team-work, presentation and creativity

If you are over the age of 17 with skills or interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics you can register as a STEM Ambassador. The most important qualities in STEM Ambassadors are that they are enthusiastic and positive role models for STEM subjects and associated careers.

Many of our STEM Ambassadors report

  • Enjoying a sense of achievement
  • Facing a different challenge from everyday work
  • Challenging stereotypes which young people have about STEM subjects and related careers
  • Gaining a fresh perspective on day-to-day work when seen through the eyes of students
  • Helping to make a difference in the local community
  • Developing new skills and confidence

Book on the free Future You STEM Ambassador Training here.

For further information download the Future You brochure here. You can also find further information on the STEMnet home page here