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STEM Ambassador Programme

Bosch have partnered with STEM Learning, the UK’s largest provider of education and careers support in STEM subjects

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills shortage represents a real threat to the UK’s capacity for growth. Until 2024, 265,000 skilled entrants will be required annually to meet the demand for engineering enterprises (The State of Engineering annual report, 2017). That fact, combined with the reality that only 9% of the UK’s engineering and technology workforce are represented by women (IET), means we are committed to showing the next generation what a career in STEM has to offer.

One way we do this is through the STEM Ambassador programme - a volunteering initiative run by STEM Learning, aimed at STEM industry professionals. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers in STEM-related industries who offer their time and enthusiasm to inspire young people in STEM subjects, and demonstrate the vast opportunities STEM-industry pathways can provide. The programme provides local opportunities for volunteers to get involved with, including speed-networking events, competition judging, career talks and much more.

"Everyone at Bosch can become a STEM Ambassador", says Susan Shrosbree, head of corporate communications at Bosch UK. "It's not just for engineers, it's about engaging all associates, at any stage of their career, whether they are a marketer, a lawyer, or an acconuntant. The only requirement is a passion for encouraging the next generation of talent."

STEM Ambassadors facts
The impact of the STEM Ambassador programme. Image: STEM Learning

The STEM Ambassador scheme is about developing relationships with schools and informing the next generation of employees about the range of opportunities that exist in areas such as science and engineering. This allows us to bridge the STEM skills gap and prepare our future generations for employment in these key fields.

Bosch STEM Ambassadors
So far we have 25 Bosch STEM Ambassadors and more on the way!

“It’s all about making sure the youngsters are fully aware of just how much of a difference they can make in the world if the pursue a STEM career.” - Santosh Rao

“We have to do more to bring STEM learning alive and to make sure that children are better informed about both academic and vocational routes into our sectors.” - Sarah Cubitt

A recent event that our Bosch STEM Ambassadors were involved with was the Primary and Secondary Engineer Leaders Award. This is a UK wide competition asking students one question: If you were an engineer, what would you do? So far Bosch associates have offered their time to be interviewed by large groups of students, as well as helped the judging of the entries made.

As part of a web interview for the Primary Engineer Leaders Award, Stephanie Alexander, an engineer at Bosch, spoke to 1,300 pupils from four different schools about her exciting adventures as an engineer. When asked about the importance of raising awareness of STEM careers, Stephanie expressed, “As soon as they get a bit older they start to make subject choices which impact their careers. We need youngsters to make informed choices”. The activities our associates get involved with shines a light on the opportunities STEM subjects can provide for their future.

This coming summer, STEM Ambassadors will be at the Big Bang Fair London West 2018. This is a very exciting event, with over 3,000 local students expected to attend. There will be multiple interactive workshops based around civil engineering and robotics. There will also be a number of shows throughout the day, and many chances for STEM ambassadors to discuss science, technology, engineering and maths with school children. Some of our associates will be attending the event and volunteering at the ‘Meet the Future You’ workshop, where they will be talking to young people about their careers at Bosch and the opportunities available in STEM industries! Video coming soon…