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Careers network seeks ambassadors

The Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics NETwork aims to appoint more than 50 by the end of the year. The ambassadors will come from science and technology companies and will work with student to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics into classrooms.

They will also link those companies and other organisations that employ STEM-educated people with schools to promote the range of careers available. Bedfordshire and Luton Education Business Partnership is heading the STEMNET initiative in the county.

Deputy chief executive officer Carolyn O’Donnell (pictured) said: “It is important that young people are given the opportunity to experience science, technology, engineering and maths in an exciting and stimulating way. The best way to achieve this is to engage volunteers that have a real passion for their area of work in science and technology and would like share their enthusiasm with young people.”

The Science and Engineering Ambassadors programme is STEMNET’s flagship programme, recruiting ambassadors from STEM disciplines and careers at all levels. Their jobs range from mathematicians studying climate change and aeronautical engineering apprentices to medical physicists, industrial chemists and electrical engineers.

Kevin Greenwell, who now works for BLEBP, volunteered to be a Science and Engineering Ambassador of BLEBP in 2004 while working for Luton-based engineering firm Hayward Tyler. He said: “After seeing a decline in engineering skills over the previous 15 years, I wanted to be able to do something about that and the SEA programme was perfect for me. In return for supporting SEA activities, my company benefited from my personal development and an increased awareness in the local community.”

For more information on becoming involved in the SEA programme, contact Carolyn O’Donnell on 01525 408092, email odonnellc@blebp.co.uk or visit www.blebp.co.uk

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