Working as STEM Ambassadors
Relating school subjects to potential future training and workplace opportunities is a challenging aspect of education, not least due to the range of influences that feed into important decisions at key stages in young people's school careers.
As STEM Ambassadors, ALIenergy's Education Officers are part of a nationwide movement of professionals committed to enhancing skills in these critical subject areas and raising awareness of the vital contribution expertise in them has to offer in building skills capacity for the society of the future. With a total of 19 local hubs, the STEM Ambassador network brings together a huge range of volunteers from a variety of STEM related sectors, professions and academic areas. STEM Ambassadors' contributions of time, energy and expertise can have an enormous impact on events, helping young people, parents, carers, teachers and others to see at first-hand the relevance and importance of these subjects and explore pathways to pursue them.
ALIenergy's Education and Skills Development Programme is closely related to its support for the principles and visions of the STEM Ambassador project, in particular the following . The based on three key aspects:
The high demand for STEM skills
The UK urgently needs employees with skills in STEM subjects. In engineering alone, 100,00 engineers are needed each year between now and 2025 to meet the demand.
'The Government is committed to ensuring the UK remains at the leading edge of science, research and innovation.'
The variety of exciting STEM career paths
In comparison with those from other academic backgrounds, young people with STEM qualifications have a much greater choice in the employment market as so many careers are based around STEM subjects. STEM skills are needed across a wide variety of industries and work environnments from hospitals to schools, factories to field work, out at sea and as far out as space!
The importance of STEM careers
The STEM Ambassador initiative seeks to help address a number of key challenges in the world which require science based critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- according to the Global Food Index, one billion people in the world do not have enough food to eat - advances in STEM could help farmers develop crops that provide greater yield
- Cancer Research UK estimates that over 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year - the route to finding a cure for cancer lies with developing a future workforce with the appropriate STEM skills