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Building the STEM Ambassador Network in Orkney

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers who go into local schools, colleges and youth and community groups to support learning.

They showcase different roles and pathways into industry and raise aspirations in young people, helping them meet a range of role models and encouraging them to think about their future.

An online event will take place later this month to encourage local people who work in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) careers to consider becoming ‘Ambassadors’.

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Orkney and OIC STEM Orkney are hosting an online STEM Ambassador Information Event on Tuesday 25 May 2021, 4pm-5pm.  This free event will help individuals and employers learn more about the STEM Ambassador programme.

Rachel Scarth, Project Manager for DYW Orkney said:

“At DYW Orkney we want young people to understand the variety of interesting and exciting careers that are available to them, some of which they may not be aware of, or even know are possible to do in Orkney.  We want to build the STEM Ambassador network locally and are delighted to be partnering with STEM Orkney to host this event.

“I would encourage anyone who works in a STEM related career to come along to this event to learn more about becoming a STEM Ambassador.”

Colin Nisbet, the STEM Education Support Officer with OIC, explained:

“Having worked as a teacher, I understand the importance and value of people in industry engaging with young people to help them understand how the subject they are studying in school can be applied in the world of work and helping them to explore the different career options available to them.

“This event will be a great chance for individuals and employers to learn more about the STEM Ambassador programme.  Attendees will hear from staff from the STEM Ambassador in Scotland Hub about the benefits of becoming an ambassador and the process for signing up.”

Becoming a STEM Ambassador is completely free, and open to anyone aged 17 years and over who is studying a STEM subject at College or University or is currently working – or previously worked – in a STEM industry.

To learn more about this event, and to book your space, visit DYW Orkney’s website:  https://www.dyworkney.co.uk/latest_news/stem-ambassador-information-event

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