STEM Ambassadors cross all ages and backgrounds, representing thousands of different employers across the UK. Our Ambassadors include apprentices, zoologists, set designers, climate change scientists, engineers, farmers, geologists, nuclear physicists, and architects. They help to open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers. They not only inspire young people; they also support teachers in the classroom by explaining current applications of STEM in industry or research.
Here are some are just some of the reasons our volunteers tell us they love being involved:
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Becoming a STEM Ambassador
To become a STEM Ambassador you first need to register on the STEM Learning website using the link below, and ensure you select "STEM Ambassador volunteer". You will be asked to complete a simple form, and then be sent an email asking you to confirm your registration.
The home address you enter when registering will be used to allocate you to your regional STEM Ambassador Hub.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteering for activities
Once you have successfully completed all of the steps listed above, you are ready to start volunteering as a STEM Ambassador!
There are two ways you can do this:
1. Find activities that schools and community groups are looking for you to support.
2. Create your own Offers of activities for young people.
Find an activity
|Step 1: Sign into your account|
|Step 2: Select "Activities" in the menu on your dashboard, and choose either "Browse" or "My matches".
"Browse" will show you all available activities in the UK which you can then filter.
"My matches" will show activities matched to your profile, e.g travel time and interests.
|Step 3: Select an activity to find out more information.|
|Step 4: Once you have seen an activity that you are interested in, click "Express Interest" at the bottom of the page. This will let the activity owner know of your interest. They can then accept you immediately, or message you to find out more about what you can do to support them. If they wish you to take part they will offer you the position and once you confirm you are attending it will appear under "Upcoming activities" on your dashboard.
|Step 5: Attend the activity.|
|Step 6: Complete the feedback requested.|
Create your own Offers
|Step 1: Sign into your account|
|Step 2: Select "Offers" in the menu on your dashboard, and choose "Add offer".|
|Step 3: Complete the simple form, using the Offer Examples and Top Tips Guide. Remember the "name" is the title of your activity, and include some information about yourself in the description.
|Step 4: Click "submit" and when you're ready "Publish" to make you offer visible to schools and community groups.|
|Step 5: You can view your offers by selecting "My offers" from the menu on your dashboard to see their status.|
|Step 6: If someone is interested in your offer they will register their interest and you will receive a notification. You can also view these by selecting "My interactions" under "Offers" on the dashboard menu .|
|Step 7: You can message the person interested in your offer through the database. Once you are happy you can accept the request.|
|Step 8: Once you have accepted the request the teacher or youth worker will create an activity which you will need to review and confirm.|
|Step 9: Complete your activity.|
|Step 10: Give us feedback on your activity.|
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