What does a STEM Ambassador do?
Ambassadors from across all industries volunteer their time and industry expertise to be deployed on a wide variety of work-related learning opportunities or career-planning educational activities with our service users in Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire.
You’d be working primarily with students, schools and educators, but we also provide some career and work-related services for young adults leaving care, child and career break returners, ex-offenders resettling and people who have recovered from an addiction.
Connect Education and Business supports Ambassadors by helping you to find the right role and by publicising on this website all the opportunities to volunteer.
If you are a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) professional, there are some additional STEM Ambassador opportunities. Connect Education and Business is the lead organisation for the STEM Ambassador Hub covering Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. This Hub is a network of employers, teachers, leaders of special interest groups and STEM Ambassadors, who collectively want to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.
As one of our Ambassadors you would decide how frequently and where in the region you wanted to volunteer (e.g. only in your own workplace, at a specific school, or at various events across your own county).
Why become a STEM Ambassador?
By “giving back”, you’ll be inspiring the next generation of young professionals to consider a career in your own profession.
You can influence the development of educational curricula by working in close partnerships with local schools and educators.
You’ll be making your own industry’s workforce more sustainable, by encouraging our service users to apply for work in your industry and by enabling more recruitment of local school leavers or returners to work.
You can gain valuable media coverage and positive PR for your work.
Who can become a STEM Ambassador?
Professionals in any industry can apply. You don’t need to run your own company. You can be an employee or a freelancer/sole trader. You do need to be over 18 and willing to go through a robust but fast programme of induction training and DBS checking (Disclosure Barring Service).
I’m interested. How do I get started?
It’s quite easy to get started and apply. Just contact us and we will be in touch quickly to take you through the process of registering your interest and getting inducted/ DBS checked.
I’m interested, but don’t know exactly what role I want to do.
There are many ways you can get involved as an employer or as an individual professional. Some of the opportunities are:
- Offering work experience placements or internships
- Becoming a mentor or coach to someone who’s interested in your profession
- Ambassador opportunities such as:
- Speaking engagements
- Hosting or being involved in the delivery of careers-focused special events
- Supporting classroom delivery in schools
- Providing careers advice and guidance
- Delivery of employability workshops (e.g. assessing students’ CVs and interview skills)
- Project-based assignments.
- Influencing curriculum development based on the needs of industry.
If you're a STEM Ambassador that's been to an event, log in to your STEM account and let us know!
Our two Relationship Managers are here to help you identify what you want to offer to a school or person who’s interested in a career in your profession or industry. To find out more about potential roles for you, contact the Relationship Managers via email firstname.lastname@example.org and telephone 01473 740219