Becoming a STEM Ambassador

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers that aim to inspire young people to become interested in STEM subjects and consider a career in a STEM industry. There are lots of ways to get involved in the STEM Ambassadors Programme. You could demonstrate an experiment in a school, or get involved in a careers event. You could help support an engineering project or set up a STEM club, and even get involved with youth groups doing a tech evening or playing fun maths games.


What counts as STEM Ambassador activity?

  • It must be FREE of charge to schools, youth organisations, community or family groups, and young people.
  • It must be STEM related in some way.
  • It must be of benefit to young people aged 3-18, this can be directly or indirectly.
  • It must have taken place in the UK.

As a STEM Ambassador you will work with schools, colleges and youth groups, and you must complete a PVG check to confirm your suitability to carry out this work in Scotland. Completing your PVG application is the third and final step in becoming an official STEM Ambassador. The PVG application process confirms that you are suitable to volunteer as a STEM Ambassador, it does not cover you to carry out a role with any other organisation. 

Please see our PVG Scheme Information page for details about the Scheme.

 

Becoming a STEM Ambassador is a three-stage process:

1. Registration

Please register as a STEM Ambassador on the STEM Learning website. 

*Please ensure that you register as a STEM Ambassador volunteer on the first page of the registration*

 

2. Online Induction

After applying to join the STEM Ambassadors programme in the West of Scotland, you will be sent a welcome email that asks you to register for a FutureLearn account and complete the STEM Ambassadors induction course on FutureLearn.  

 

3. PVG Disclosure Check

As a STEM Ambassador you will work with schools, colleges and youth groups, so you must complete a PVG check to confirm your suitability to carry out this work in Scotland.

After you have successfully completed the FutureLearn online induction course we will be in touch to organise your completion of the PVG application form.

All STEM Ambassadors are volunteers registered on the STEM Ambassadors Programme but this does not automatically imply that their PVG application will be Free of Charge. To qualify for a free-of-charge PVG you must not:

  • Benefit directly from the position for which the PVG application is being submitted
  • Receive any payment (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses
  • Be on a work placement
  • Be on a course that requires them to do this job role
  • Be in a trainee position that will lead to a full time role/qualification

The examples shown are for illustrative purposes only and do not represent the only situations where PVG applications may or may not represent Free of Charge applications. Please refer to the STEM Learning policy statement "When is a Volunteer Not a Volunteer?" regarding DBS/PVG applications, and what counts as volunteering.

Please see our PVG Scheme Information page for details about the Scheme.

Following the successful completion of all three stages will be able to view all of the volunteering opportunities that are available on the STEM Learning website, and begin expressing interest in the ones you might like to support.

STEM Ambassador Training

In-person training opportunities, to help boost your knowledge and confidence when volunteering as a STEM Ambassador, will be advertised here in due course.

In the meantime you can get started with the Inspiring Young People in STEM collection of four short online courses on FutureLearn from STEM Learning. These four courses are designed specifically for STEM Ambassadors, and other volunteers from STEM backgrounds, and will teach you how to:

  • Discover resources for activities & promote diversity
  • Plan & organise practical activities
  • Improve your communication skills when delivering practical activities
  • Obtain and use feedback to improve your volunteering & STEM activities with young people

Get started now!

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