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Evaluating volunteering activities for organisational impact

An employer explaining why they encourage volunteers in their workforce.
[Paul] So it really makes sense for LEAR to encourage the STEM Ambassador scheme with our employees. Because LEAR, as a company, wants to support communities where we have business. Whether that’s here in England or in any of our facilities around the world. So we’re able to evaluate the impact that STEM is having on our objectives to support a community. When we’re actively involved in the program we’re seeing direct feedback from the schools and the students that come to LEAR. And the impact that our employees feel as they’re directly able to give back to the community and feel that feedback for themselves. We also recognize there’s a real need for STEM and STEM minded people in our industry.
Not just automotive but the whole of the manufacturing and engineering industry. So the more that we’re able to encourage an early age and an early level students to think about STEM, to think about these technologies. The more likely that we’re, as a company, to be successful in we recruiting them in later years. [Bradley] Some of the core values of LEAR, as a company, recognised down here. The one we’re talking about today is, we wanna be a company that supports communities where we do business. So, you’ve seen all those sites around the world. And every one of those sites we’re gonna try and bring up the local community.
So things like this, helping the youth, the kids, and providing jobs because we need that strong support. So we’ve got strong engineers coming through, people to build seats all of that stuff. Because without any of those people none of this can happen.

In the video, Paul, a director at Lear Corporation talks about their organisational objectives and why they have STEM Ambassador volunteers. You will also see how a STEM Ambassador from Lear Corporation describes the corporate objectives to young people in a presentation.

Lear Corporation organised for a group of local young people to visit their site and did a variety of activities, including building an electric motor, showing them how they build car seats and providing a tour of the factory in the West Midlands.


  1. Find your employer’s/organisational mission statement, values and organisational objectives.
  2. Find out if your employer or organisation has a Corporate Social Responsibility Policy or projects with a social responsibility agenda.
  3. Find out if your employer/organisation has a volunteering policy.
How does your involvement as a STEM volunteer with young people address these objectives? Do any of the above constrain your volunteering activities? Share in the comments below.
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