Here we take a look at the STEM Ambassadors programme run by STEM Learning www.stem.org.uk which currently has around 800 registered STEM Ambassadors from BAE Systems – that’s nearly 2.5% of our UK workforce!
STEM Ambassadors are an important part of BAE Systems’ annual commitment education, training and skills in which the company invests £90 million per annum. Ambassadors spend time with young people in our local schools, colleges and communities to inspire and encourage an interest in the STEM subjects. Any employee, whatever their profession or role, can apply to be an ambassador. All that’s needed is enthusiasm and commitment.
A huge increase in the numbers of employees signing up to be STEM Ambassadors at BAE Systems’ Dorchester site, is due to the efforts of Dr Connie Wilson who works as a Senior Systems Engineer on the design and build of the Type 26 ships. Connie is responsible for the Meteorological and Oceanographic system that collates and analyses environmental information that ships operate in. Since returning to work, she has become one of the company’s most active STEM Ambassadors, utilising her Postgraduate Teaching Certificate to encourage and inspire more young people to go into engineering careers.
Being a STEM Ambassador is a privilege and such a rewarding role. To be involved with helping young people begin a lifelong journey with BAE Systems is so important. We can all share our testimony of getting into engineering and potentially influence the future generation of engineers. BAE Systems offers amazing opportunities for apprenticeships and graduates that can develop the future engineering workforce.
Dr Connie Wilson, Senior Systems Engineer
Connie has formulated links with local schools and an educational charity which means that at least 3,000 students will be finding out about BAE Systems and engineering careers next year. As a result of her hard work Connie has been shortlisted for the Outstanding New STEM Ambassador Award by STEM Learning. Good luck Connie!