Boosting skills in technology and engineering will be essential if the UK is to truly thrive in the global economy. Aarsleff is aware that it needs to make the most of all of its talents to encourage enthusiasm and understanding of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and raise awareness of careers related to STEM.
Aarsleff Ground Engineering is proud to be involved in the promotion of STEM education by contributing to their brilliant Ambassador program. Aarsleff employees use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects by getting involved in various activities for pupils, parents and teachers in the local community. STEM Ambassadors open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers and this consequently provides support and inspiration so that teachers and others involved in STEM education can teach effectively and inspire the young people that they work with.
Aarsleff’s STEM Ambassador Jessica Banham said:
“In my STEM Induction, I learnt some alarming statistics. Between ages 10-11 (Year 6) 72% of girls agreed to “learning interesting things in science”. At ages 12-13 (Year 8) 54% of girls agreed that they “want to work in science to be an inventor, engineer or a doctor”. At ages 15-16 (Year 11) 37% of girls “intended to continue studying STEM subjects at A-levels”, and at age 18 (Year 13) the percentage falls dramatically with only 19% of girls studying actual A-levels in STEM-related subjects. To me, this says that we need to tap into a child’s natural curiosity at a much earlier age and promote the message early on that occupations within STEM subjects are for everyone.”
The STEM Ambassador program is a great way to achieve this while at the same time boosting our own employee’s professional skills, experience and confidence.
Activities can include:
- Giving careers talks or helping at careers fairs
- Providing technical advice or practical support to STEM projects in the classroom
- Supporting projects in after-school STEM Clubs
- Judging school STEM competitions
- Speed networking with pupils, parents and teachers
- Devising or delivering practical STEM experiments or demonstrations
- Helping students with mock job interviews
To find out more or to register as a STEM Ambassador, please visit the STEMNET website: www.stemnet.org.uk