A day of celebrations: playing a part in inspiring the next generation

Even from a young age, it’s essential that students are aware of the career paths and opportunities available to them. It is especially important for girls to feel empowered and able to pursue their dream career, and I was honoured to play a small part in that. A Sheffield primary school, Hatfield Academy, recently organised an event called...


Real female role models – STEM Ambassadors 1950s and 60s style!

No Sunday morning lie-in for me as I set off with our 15 year old son (I fancied a challenge) to see an early morning showing of the movie Hidden Figures at the cinema. The film tells the incredible story of a team of African-American women mathematicians - Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - who served a vital role in...


Top tips for making students' job applications stand out from the crowd

Supporting students with applying for jobs can be a challenge. To help, Kayleigh Rivett, support worker at The University of Portsmouth (and former science teacher), shares her experiences and gives some top tips to ensure that students’ applications stand out from the crowd.There are so many aspects to writing job applications, CVs and covering...


Practical work: helping students enjoy science

WRITTEN BY: HILARY LEEVERS, WELLCOME TRUSTAs a teenager with a growing passion for physics, seeing the trails of sub-atomic particles falling through a cloud chamber - that I’d actually helped to make in our classroom - was mind blowing. Likewise, dissecting a sheep’s eyeball helped me see the world in a different way. I hope that...


An insight into the life of an apprentice

National Apprenticeship Week is drawing to a close for another year, but what a week it has been!From meeting the MP for Outer York, Julian Sturdy, to hearing about all of the fascinating and positive experiences that employers, apprentices, teachers and STEM Ambassadors have had, this week has truly emphasised the impact that apprenticeships can...


Getting to grips with apprenticeships

The apprenticeship offer continues to grow, with support from the Government for a number of levels and hundreds of occupational areas, the offer to pupils on future careers has never been so vast.  The apprenticeship scheme has thrown off its Youth Training Scheme roots, and developed into a well-paid, and structured career development...


Making a difference and inspiring the future generation

My main goal within my role as STEM Coordinator at the Ursuline Academy Ilford is to encourage our student’s aspirations by mentoring, supporting and ensuring young people from all year groups have access to high-quality STEM information.We have introduced them to role models as a way to inspire and enable them to make informed decisions about...


Learn, earn and train: the benefits of being a STEM Ambassador and an apprentice

The opportunities and experience I’ve had whilst training as an apprentice have been fantastic - from working on real-life customer projects, to undertaking work that involved international travel, it was something I never thought would be involved with undertaking an apprenticeship.In September 2012 I began a technical engineering apprenticeship...


Let’s celebrate our apprentices

There are lots of reasons to employ an apprentice, but many businesses are not aware of the breadth of apprenticeship frameworks available.It is not just construction industry apprenticeships these days; pretty much every sector has a number of options available. More importantly, lots of businesses are unaware of the skills, vitality, ideas...


How being an apprentice changed my life

Being a Trainee Laboratory Technician at STEM Learning is inspirational to say the least.Every day is an opportunity to learn, whether it be through asking questions, attending the many exciting courses on offer within the National STEM Learning Centre, or discovering and researching new ways to represent ideas around the STEM subjects.During my...



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