Hydraulics & Pneumatics June 2023

UPDATES BFPA supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Many BFPA member companies are already going into local schools and colleges as STEM Ambassadors and reaping the benefits, but BFPA is launching a campaign to encourage more members to take up the challenge. STEM Learning is the largest provider of education and careers support for science, technology, engineering, and maths The organisation believes that these four important curriculum subjects should be a fundamental part of education today to provide young people with the knowledge and skills they will need to participate fully as “creators and citizens of tomorrow”. The STEM Ambassador Programme is a fantastic way for employers to help in this process – to make a difference to young people’s futures and build greater links to the local community. The programme plays a key role in inspiring young people making them aware of the wide range of opportunities available to them and the various career pathways. The Ambassador Programme is supported by UKRI, the national funding agency investing in science and research across the whole of the UK. Over the past twenty years, STEM Learning has created a regional network of 17 STEM Ambassador Hubs to co-ordinate the volunteering opportunities of all their STEM ambassadors. What are the Benefits for Companies to join the Programme? It helps raise your profile in the local community plus an opportunity to expand regional and national presence. It helps support your recruitment efforts, boosting future technical personnel – grow your own employees! It develops your employees’ skills and experience encouraging greater engagement with you as a company Provides a flexible approach to how you engage with the programme to suit your organisation Provides access to free training, online and face to face, plus a range of resources from your local hub aimed at all age groups It is an opportunity to offer specific career sector information to young people and their teachers Every company has a different approach to volunteering and the type of activities they choose to support or deliver – flexibility is the key and the success of the Programme. Contact the BFPA at Tel: +44 (0)1608 647900 • Email: enquiries@bfpa.co.uk • Web: www.bfpa.co.uk Benefits for individual STEM Ambassadors Joining the network of 33,000 STEM Ambassador volunteers gives an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of young people: Support their learning and help them to apply their learning to the real world. Showcase different careers, provide information on roles and pathways into industry while raising awareness of the skills that are important in the workplace. Raise aspirations – give young people the opportunity to meet a wide range of inspiring role models, encouraging them to think about their future. On a personal level volunteering Provides you with a sense of purpose Provides a sense of community Helps you meet new friends Increases your social skills Improves self-esteem Teaches you valuable skills Brings fun to your life Visit the BFPA website www.bfpa.co.uk to find out how to contact you nearest regional STEM hub.