STEM Ambassadors and Employers

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers who are passionate about their careers, their companies or STEM background.

They volunteer their time and support to promote STEM subjects to young learners in a vast range of original, creative, practical and engaging ways.

In Lancashire and Cumbria there are 1,700 brilliant and inspiring volunteers helping to support the STEM curriculum and raise awareness of STEM careers, by revealing how essential STEM is throughout the world.

STEM Ambassadors cross all ages and backgrounds, representing over a vast spectrum 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 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.

The STEM Ambassador programme enables business, organisations and individuals wanting to support young people in STEM to target their efforts and resources in a way that will deliver the best results for them and young people.

Listen to one of our female STEM Ambassadors, Rachael Carr from BAE Systems, talk about being a STEM Ambassador, and flying the flag for women in engineering.

Benefits for a STEM Ambassador

As a STEM Ambassador you have the opportunity to:-

  • gain a fresh perspective on day-to-day work when seen through the eyes of students
  • challenge stereotypes young people have about STEM
  • help young people understand your career
  • strengthen your own skills, including communication, planning and presentation
  • have lots of fun and enjoy working with young people
  • be that life changing role model!

By becoming a STEM Ambassador you will receive quality support, training and networking and have the opportunity to get involved with a diverse range of enjoyable hands-on STEM activities.

Benefits for an Employer

As an Employer you will have the opportunity to:-

  • undertake community and education work that supports your CSR Programmes
  • illustrate your business sector and your skills requirement to your future workforce
  • give back to your local and wider community
  • raise the public’s awareness of your companies products and services
  • ensure the sustainability of STEM education and understanding
  • promote careers awareness and help break down stereotypes and misconceptions

Becoming a STEM Ambassador

To become a STEM Ambassador please follow the instructions below:-

Register on the STEM Ambassadors website by clicking the following link:

You will then receive further details advising of the induction process and dates.

STEM Ambassador resources

STEM Ambassadors can support schools in a huge variety of ways; from supporting careers talks, hands-on design and build activities, STEM Clubs, competitions or inter-school challenges.

To get you started with working with schools:-

  • STEMFirst will send you a regular bulletin of opportunities and requests from schools and STEM providers.
  • At your Induction session you will have the chance to discuss what you can do in school and get support from existing STEM Ambassadors
  • Look at our RESOURCES page for helpful ideas and hints on how to work with schools

As a STEM Ambassador you will become part of the National STEM Ambassadors Programme. This high profile programme is delivered by STEM Learning Ltd and the Government via the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BAES).

to find out more please visit the STEM Ambassadors website at:

Who are the STEM Ambassadors?

Here at STEMFirst we are really proud of our STEM Ambassadors.

We are currently 800 strong in Lancashire and are now proud to work with STEM Cumbria to link the 900 STEM Ambassadors in that region into a single STEM Ambassador Hub. We are delighted that our STEM Ambassadors are some of the most proactive in the whole country.

Here is just a flavour of some of the inspirational STEM Ambassadors we have in our area.

NIS announced as STEMNET’s ‘Most dedicated employer’ at STEMNET Awards

Having just celebrated the opening of their new £1m manufacturing facility, champagne corks are flying again for NIS Ltd as they were crowned ‘Most Dedicated Employer’, at the STEMNET Awards 2011. The award was presented to Group Managing Director Richard Penrose at a prestigious ceremony hosted by Lord Sainsbury on Tuesday 13th December at the House of Lords.

NIS made it to the final four from 150 nominations of “employers that have supported their employees to become STEM Ambassadors and then to actively engage through this with their local schools”. The four finalists, and eventual winner, were decided by an expert panel of industry judges who told NIS they were “incredibly impressed by your dedication to inspiring young people in STEM.”

In addition to the impressive title, NIS was also presented with a prize inviting two representatives to visit CERN, the highly topical European Centre for Nuclear Research located in Geneva.

Speaking straight after the event Richard said “Simply being nominated for the award was an honour in itself, particularly when you consider the pedigree of the organisations that we were competing with. I’m absolutely elated and extremely proud that we have won, and want to express my sincere gratitude to all of our dedicated STEM ambassadors and STEMFirst who have worked so hard to make such a big difference”

Managing Director Richard Penrose accepting the award for NIS Ltd at a STEMNET Awards in London.
The NIS’ team STEM Ambassadors collect the award from Lord Sainsbury on behalf of their trained STEM Ambassadors.

Here is a few tasters of some of our fantastic volunteers:

Graeme Calvert – Process/Chemical Engineer
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Karen Bozier – Environmental Manager
Martin Carette – Research Chemist & STEM Provider
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Matt Plummer – Planner
Bill Spencer
Bill Spencer – Planner