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Collaborating with Science Oxford can provide your business with a variety of opportunities to engage with young people.

Jonathan Flint, Trustee, Chairman of the Institute of Physics and former CEO of Oxford Instruments, tells us why working with schools should be at the heart of all high-tech businesses’ public engagement strategy. Read more here.

Would your company like to engage with local schools? Would you like to raise the profile of your business locally? Inspire and inform young people about STEM careers and help to improve their employability skills?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions then Science Oxford, the part of the Trust that delivers our education and engagement programmes, can help you with the support you need to achieve your objectives. Collaborating with Science Oxford can provide your business with a variety of opportunities for you to engage with young people.

STEM World of Work

The STEM World of Work is a programme of student/employer interactions that enables businesses to engage with young people through online profiles, in-school workshops, site visits and work experience. Taking into consideration your desired level of commitment, Science Oxford can provide you with the training, opportunities and connections you need to work effectively with local schools. We can work with you to develop activities and facilitate your participation in events.

For more information about our STEM World of Work programme please visit our secondary school pages or contact [email protected]

Case Study – Careers: Beard Construction

As the lead contractor on our new outdoor education centre and innovation centre in Headington, Beard Construction are committed to working with local schools to raise awareness of careers in the construction industry. Year 9 students at Cheney School will be visiting the site over the coming months to learn about construction methods, sustainability and ecology as part of their Design and Technology GCSE coursework.

Event Sponsorship

Science Oxford delivers an extensive programme of school outreach and special events that reaches over 20,000 young people annually.

Opportunities exist to sponsor of many of our activities, ranging from in-kind donations such as prizes or event space to financial donations to cover costs and staff volunteering.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact [email protected]

 

Case Study – Programme Support: Big Science Event

The Big Science Event (BSE) is a practical science investigation competition, which is open to all primary schools in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. In 2017, 44 schools took part in BSE – that is over 6000 children. Financial and in-kind support from competition sponsors Playforce and Abbott Diabetes Care has been integral to the growth of the competition over the past five years.

 

Project Support

Science Oxford can provide support to businesses who want to establish links with a particular school or who wish to develop a specific project related to their specialism. The Science Oxford team has extensive experience in developing engaging hands-on activities on specific topic areas and for particular audiences. Please talk to us if you have an idea that you would like to explore.

Case Study

Four businesses in our region completed a year-long project with students at Matthew Arnold School to raise their awareness of engineering and careers in the industry. Volunteers from Abbott Diabetes Care, Viridor, Element 6 and GKN worked with selected groups of students to complete an engineering challenge related to their business area.

Science Oxford Employer Awards

We really value the contribution that businesses make to our STEM World of Work programme. Without their support, we would not be able to offer the wide range of workplace experiences for secondary school students that we do. To say thank you, we have created Science Oxford Employer Awards, which aim to recognise businesses for their contributions to the programme. To qualify for an award, the business needs to engage with secondary school students through one or more of our in-school workshops, workplace visits or by hosting a placement student. There are different levels of award:

The Gold Award recognises a business that is involved in multiple STEM World of Work schemes, and actively supports and promotes the programme.

The Silver Award recognises a business that has been involved in more than one of our STEM World of Work schemes and is actively pursuing a strategy to engage with young people about STEM careers.

The Bronze Award recognises a business that has been involved in one of our STEM World of Work schemes and is keen to encourage young people into STEM careers in the future.

This year we awarded 30 local businesses a bronze award, ten silver awards and two with gold awards. Each organisation receives a certificate of recognition and the Science Oxford Employer Award logo for their website, to demonstrate their engagement with young people.

For more information on how you can participate in the Employer Award, please contact [email protected]

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