Inspiring the next generation
The UK space sector has the potential to grow and thrive in the new commercial space age. This potential for growth and innovation is constrained by the skills gap which faces all business across the whole science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector.
You can help tackle this skills gap by becoming a STEM Ambassador to inspire and encourage the next generation to continue studying STEM subjects and to take that knowledge and skill into related careers, inspiring the next generation of space professionals. In recognition of Tim Peake's outstanding contribution to raising the profile of STEM, the STEM Ambassadors programme made him the first honorary STEM Ambassador. Being a STEM Ambassador offers the chance to give something back to education and the wider community, while giving you the chance to develop your own skills and improve yourself.
We would love you to take part in the One Million Interactions programme, a partnership between the UK Space Agency, ESERO-UK, STEM Ambassadors and the Careers and Enterprise company to support the UK space sector to deliver 1,000,000 interactions per year with young people. Each time you speak to one young person, that counts as one interaction, so if you speak to a class of 30, that is 30 interactions. The programme will offer volunteering opportunities and bespoke training for STEM Ambassadors from the space sector.
What is a STEM Ambassador?
STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs and disciplines across the UK. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate the value of them in life and careers.
"Being a STEM Ambassador is probably the most satisfying aspect of my career. Inspiring kids for the future is the pinnacle of what's possible and it's tremendous fun too!"
Derek Langley, Product Manager at Thales
“To experience him and the other students buzzing afterwards about their conversations and securing several work placements and other opportunities was hugely rewarding.” – Beki Tonks, The Careers & Enterprise Company
What can I do?
There are a range of activities that you can engage in which will impact on young people's learning and enjoyment of STEM subjects and career aspirations. STEM Learning focuses on STEM activities and The Careers and Enterprise Company works across sectors to help inspire and prepare young people for the world of work .Here are a few ideas to get you started:
STEM careers and advice sessions.
CPD for educators
Develop and run professional development activities.
Help with mock interviews and CV writing.
Events and exhibitions
Support an exhibition, event or enrichment day.
Provide support to governors, headteachers and senior leaders.
Judge a competition
Judge a STEM-related competition or challenge.
Provide mentoring or support with STEM projects and activities.
Hands-on practical work to engage students with STEM subjects.
Deliver a lecture or assembly around STEM careers.
Support educators by developing resources and activities.
Networking opportunities or question and answer sessions.
Visit a workplace
Host a visit to a workplace to inspire young people with STEM.
- Register as a STEM Ambassador (make sure you select 'One Million Interactions' in the institution option so we can offer you support)
- Connect to your local STEM Ambassador Hub and Enterprise Coordinator
- Complete your free of charge DBS Enhanced Disclosure Check.
- Complete an online induction.
- Receive your ID card and become an approved STEM Ambassador.
- Use the STEM Ambassador platform or our new app to connect to schools, colleges and youth groups and start volunteering. To download the app, search for STEM Ambassadors on your app store.
- Remember to upload your activities with our simple system so we can promote the great work of the UK space sector.
Become a STEM Ambassador
By becoming a STEM Ambassador, you can play a crucial role in inspiring young people with STEM-related subjects and careers. Simply register as a 'STEM Ambassador volunteer'
The One Million Interactions programme is a partnership between the UK Space Agency, ESERO-UK, The Careers and Enterprise Company and STEM Learning