Do you want to help promote social mobility, and diversity in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM)? Play a valuable strategic leadership role in a charity that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential and progress to careers in STEM.
In2scienceUK is a charity with a mission to support young people from the lowest income backgrounds to achieve their potential and progress to STEM degrees, apprenticeships and careers to become the next generation of researchers, innovators and pioneers. With higher salaries in STEM compared to other fields, getting a job in STEM is a pathway to greater economic stability as well as ensuring these areas are best serving the whole population.
The programme works by providing 16-17 year olds with a programme of summer placements working alongside STEM professionals and a series of workshops and focus on everything from university access, STEM careers and STEM career pathways to developing employability skills and confidence, all crucial for success. Placements enable the young people to gain insights into a variety of STEM careers, while workshops equip students with the information, knowledge and confidence to achieve their potential. In 2020, the programme underwent a digital transformation, delivering a fully virtual experience for students, enabling us to continue our support for young people despite in-person placements not going ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The digital programme has allowed us to offer a broader programme to students, and we envisage including an online element to the programme going forward, which will complement in-person work placements in the future.
In2scienceUK has been running as a charity since 2015 and as a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee since 2011. Since we were founded, we’ve worked with over 2000 students across London and the South East, South West and Midlands. In 2020 we worked with over 550 young people alone. We receive over 2000 applications each year and we have high ambitions to extend our reach to more areas and enable more young people to expand their knowledge and equip them with the skills to succeed in STEM careers. In 2021 our programme expanded to additionally support students in the North West and Leeds. In the future we aim to be a UK wide organisation.
We are currently looking to appoint up to four Trustees, and would particularly value those with skills and/or experience in one or more of the following areas:
Safeguarding of young people
Education and/or teaching
Widening participation and/or social mobility
Senior university or STEM research leadership
Experience or knowledge of Corporate Social Responsibility, careers advice/services, social mobility through education, evaluation and impact measurement, or data protection would also be desirable, as well as networks with Schools, Academy Trusts or Teachers across the UK.
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