Six times STEM for Stephenson Group!
STEM Ambassador Programme
With over 33,000 volunteers UK-wide, the STEM Ambassador Programme is a government-led initiative that encourages young people to think more positively about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – inspiring their study and career choices in these areas.
There are almost 1000 STEM Ambassadors in the West Yorkshire region alone, and together, they take part in over 500 STEM-related activities across the region every year – predominantly working with secondary schools. There are some great videos of STEM Ambassadors in action on the WSTEM website here.
So far, six employees from Stephenson Group in Horsforth have volunteered to be STEM Ambassadors:
- Jamie Bentley – CEO (Area of interest/skill: Science)
- Lucy Simmonds – Technical Business Development Manager (Area of interest/skill: Science)
- Rachael Simpson – Group Marketing Manager (Area of interest/skill: Technology)
- Charlotte Gronan – Intern Technical Chemist (Area of interest/skill: Science)
- Karl Godley – Shift Manager (Area of interest/skill: Engineering, Technology)
- Dave Bryant – Maintenance Fitter (Area of interest/skill: Engineering)
What is a ‘STEM Ambassador’?
A STEM Ambassador is someone with Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) skills, who can use these skills to encourage and inspire young people. A voluntary role, STEM Ambassadors work with schools and colleges to provide free support to help excite students about the possibilities of STEM-related careers.
“Here at Stephenson Group, the possibilities for addressing STEM topics are endless – from understanding the ‘science’ and chemistry of soap; to learning how an engineering plant operates; using mathematics for commercial/financial planning and analysis, to how technology is used in marketing and digital media – we certainly have no shortage of ideas!”
CEO Jamie Bentley
Jamie Bentley, CEO of Stephenson Group Limited commented, “With 20% of our workforce being engineers and PhD qualified chemists, the STEM Ambassador programme is a great way for us to give something back to our community, share our experience and expertise, and act as role models for young people.
Over the coming months our six volunteers will be proactively putting together a plan of how we can support the schools in our local area, and we have some great ideas for talks, workshops and site visits to engage students about STEM. This will involve linking up with local secondary schools and developing a ‘listening group’ to better understand how we can match our support with what is needed by the school.
“If we can inspire young people to consider taking a STEM subject, and demonstrate all of the exciting possibilities and opportunities that STEM can present for them, then our roles as volunteers will be a fulfilling and successful experience!”
CEO Jamie Bentley
To find out more about STEMNET, please visit: http://www.stemnet.org.uk/