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 – Laing O’Rourke
As the lead contractor on a major project in Oxford City Centre, Laing O’Rourke were committed to work with local schools to raise awareness of careers in the construction industry. Through their partnership with Science Oxford, volunteers from the company have delivered a cranes workshop at a year 9 careers day, hosted half day visits to their site by small groups of students and offered extended work experience opportunities to year 12 students.
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 – Big Science Event
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.
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
Four companies, including Viridor and Element 6, completed a year-long project with students at Matthew Arnold School to raise their awareness of engineering and careers in the industry.
Volunteers worked with a selected group 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 Bronze Award recognises a business that has been involved in one of our STEM World of Work schemes, has provided an online profile on our STEM Horizons careers website and is keen to encourage young people into STEM careers in the future.
The Silver Award recognises a business that has been involved in more than one of our STEM World of Work schemes, has provided an online profile on our STEM Horizons careers website and is actively pursuing a strategy to engage with young people about STEM careers.
The Gold Award recognises a business that is involved in multiple STEM World of Work schemes, has provided an online profile on our STEM Horizons careers website, has demonstrated that schools engagement is at the heart of their CSR strategy and actively supports and promotes the Science Oxford STEM World of Work programme to their stakeholders and beyond.
This year we awarded 30 local businesses with a bronze award, ten with silver awards and two with gold awards. As well as receiving a certificate that can be displayed on the business premises, each organisation can display the Science Oxford employer award logo on their website to demonstrate their engagement with young people to their stakeholders. For more information on how you can participate in the Employer Award, please contact [email protected]