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The impact you could make

Impact of volunteers.

We really want you to appreciate the value volunteers can bring and to get you thinking about what you could offer as a volunteer. In this video we look at the reasons why volunteering is so important for STEM subjects.

Volunteering in STEM

The 2015 UKCES report on the STEM workforce highlights the shortage of people going into STEM careers. In some contexts, young people are entering STEM careers without the right level of technical skill and understanding. Within your workplace, are you experiencing these challenges?

In the UK, STEM Ambassadors are people from industry and business who run activities in schools and community groups, helping young people become more aware of opportunities through studying STEM subjects and possible STEM careers. We know that volunteers, such as STEM Ambassadors, with the right skills, can make a real impact in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Discuss

Continuing to think about your background and what you could share with young people, we’d like to hear about your job and career.
What contributed to your interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics growing up? Who or what influenced you to study STEM subjects or go into a STEM career?

In the next step, we look at ways to relate STEM experiences to young people from a range of backgrounds.

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