Become a STEM 

Ambassador

Become a STEM Ambassador

Throughout the UK, STEM Ambassadors enthuse and inspire young people in STEM subjects, and open the doors to a world of opportunity that begins with STEM.

Through actively engaging with pupils and supporting teachers in the classroom, STEM Ambassadors provide living, working examples of how young people can apply STEM subjects to carve out interesting, successful and rewarding careers.

Coming from a broad range of sectors, our STEM Ambassadors are engaging, enthusiastic, dedicated and committed, and continually change young people's perceptions about STEM Careers and about the types of people who work in those roles.

Becoming a STEM Ambassador is a three-stage process:-

  • Registration, Disclosure and Training.

Registration:-

  • All STEM Ambassadors must register online- To register, click HERE
  • Please select East of Scotland as the geographical region as this ensures we receive notification of your registration.
  • Next, its important you upload a photo of yourself to your profile picture. The photo will be needed for later to make you up an ID card.

Disclosure:-

  • Once your registration has been processed, you will be invited to attend a session where you can complete a Disclosure check & receive training.
  • In order to become an authorised STEM Ambassador you must undertake a Criminal Record check by Disclosure Scotland to ensure that you are suitable to work with children and young people.
  • This is a PVG check (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) and if you already hold a PVG you will be required to complete an updated check.

Training:-

The final requirement in becoming an Ambassador is to attend induction training (Please see Induction training below for dates of next sign up sessions). This ensures STEM Ambassadors are equipped with basic knowledge and information that will help to enhance their work with schools. Training covers; the purposes of the STEM Ambassadors Programme, information about schools, advice for working with pupils and teachers and an explanation about the role in supporting STEM Ambassadors.

Following registering and attending a session to go through Disclosure checks and receive training, you will receive an Ambassador badge and ID card.


Induction training sessions are available for STEM Ambassadors on the following dates in 2017:-

Monthly Ambassador Induction sessions take place in Fife on the following dates from 2pm-4pm at

SSERC, 2 Pitreavie Court, South Pitreavie Business Park, Dunfermline, FIFE, KY11 8UB.

(For directions http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/contact-us)

  • Friday 10th November 2017
  • Friday 8th December 2017

Monthly Ambassador Induction sessions take place in Edinburgh on the following dates in 2017 from 5pm-7pm at

Edinburgh College in Room 6, College Sports Centre, Ground Floor, Sighthill Campus, Bankhead Avenue, Edinburgh, EH11 4DE (free parking at the front entrance of the building)

  • Wednesday 25th October 2017
  • Wednesday 29th November 2017
  • Wednesday 13th December 2017

2017 dates...

Monthly Ambassador Induction sessions take place in Abertay University on the following dates from 2pm-4pm in Seminar Room, Graduate School

  • Monday 20th November 2017, 2pm-4pm

  • The Graduate School Seminar Room is situated within the Graduate School (Rm 3515) on the 3 rd floor of the Kydd Building (main building situated on Bell Street – through the revolving doors). Once inside take the lift or stairs to the third floor and follow the corridor along to the Graduate School – it is emblazoned on outside on the main well and on the glass so hard to miss.

  • Kydd Building, Bell St, Dundee DD1 1HG

2017 dates...

  • 2pm- 4pm- Monday 11th December 2017

Dundee University

Building no 49

Murray Lecture Room, School of Life Sciences, Discovery Centre.

The entrance to Building 49 is marked A.

There is a pay and display car park labelled Dundee City Council Car Park between Old Hawkhill and Hawkhill. 


STEM Ambassadors Insurances 2017/18

If you wish to be covered for the STEM Ambassador insurance for specific planned activities, workshops, events please get in touch by emailing us at ambassadors@fife.ac.uk in advance of the activity. Please include the date of the activity, brief description, number of pupils, school or venue etc. 

Insurance cannot be backdated.


FAQ's

Q. What documents will I need to bring to induction?

  • If you have a passport, please bring this along with you.
  • If you have a driver's licence, please bring this with you (paper or photocard).
  • If you have uploaded a photo to your profile picture when registering, you no longer need to bring a photo of yourself with you to induction.

NB.  For us to verify your details, Disclosure Scotland require at least 1 piece of Photographic ID and 2 pieces of ID with your name and current address on it.   

However to complete the PVG form, if you have a passport and a driving licence BOTH are required for the form (although only 1 is needed for us to verify your details

  • (A passport counts as the 1 piece of photographic ID as does a photocard driving licence) 
  • (A photocard driving licence with your current address on it, counts as 1 piece of photographic ID and 1 piece of address ID)

Q. I don't have a Passport or Driving licence- what should I do?:-

  • Please bring a copy of your birth certificate, and you will need one other piece of photographic ID, and 2 items with your name and current address on it.

Q. Do I need anything else to complete the PVG form?:- 

  • You will need to know your National Insurance Number.
  • Disclosure Scotland require a 5 year address history for the form.  (You don't need any evidence of residence at previous addresses)  For each address, you will need to state the month and year resident at the address

Q. I already have a PVG.  Do I still need to complete another?

A. If you already hold a PVG, please bring your certificate with you.   You will complete a much shorter form (PVG update), and will need your 16 Digit membership number from your existing PVG certificate.

Q. I have a Disclosure, but I'm not sure what type.  I'm not sure if it was a PVG?

A. The PVG scheme is now used for all Volunteering across Scotland.  If you are unsure, please call Disclosure Scotland on 0870 609 6006 and they will be able to tell you if you have a PVG or not.  If you do have a PVG, ask for your 16 Digit PVG Membership number and take a note of this.


What is the requirement of me as a STEM Ambassador?

Only requirement is to carry out 1 activity per year.  If you carry out any STEM related activity, you either need to update your activity on your profile or get in touch with us to let us know and we can update the activity for you.   This is the only way we know whether someone has carried out an activity.

What counts as an activity?

Its quite simple really...   

  • The activity must be FREE of charge to schools and young people.
  • It must be STEM related in some shape or form and
  • Must be aimed at young people ages 3-18.

Where do I log my activity?

On your profile, which can be accessed at www.stemnet.org.uk

What happens if I don't manage to carry out the one activity in a 12 month period?

Quite simply your profile will become inactive and records will be archived, and you will not be able to log in. You will also stop receiving communications from us.  It's important you keep your profile up to date, with activities and also your personal details.


Employers:-

  • STEM Ambassadors provide a vital link between employers and the workforce of tomorrow.
  • More than 3000 employers already support the UK's STEM Ambassador programme.
  • From film studios to wind farms and space programmes to pharmaceuticals, thousands of employers the world rely upon people in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) skills.
  • STEM subjects underpin innovation, creativity- and prosperity. The STEM Ambassadors Programme shows young people the dazzling array of careers that is open to them if they pursue STEM subjects- and organisations like yours are essential for helping us to bring STEM careers to life.
  • 85% of teachers believe that STEM Ambassadors directly improve pupil engagement in STEM.

  • The STEM Ambassadors Programme is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). Employers do not have to pay to participate. As a result, over 3000 employers in every part of the UK already encourage their employees to become STEM Ambassadors as part of their education outreach and CSR activities.
  • If you would like more information about employees becoming STEM Ambassadors, please get in touch. STEM East carry out In House inductions with employers subject to a minimum of 6 staff.






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Post Activity STEM Ambassadors Evaluation 

Have you carried out an activity in the last year?   How did it go?   Make your view count!

After every activity you undertake, please remember to complete the online evaluation- It only takes around 5 minutes to complete and is simple.  Click HERE to the evaluation :- 

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