Supply teaching agency gives up their time to stand up for Science

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Employees from an education recruitment agency, Aspire People, become ambassadors for a charity that is inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

All 35 members of staff at Aspire People have signed up as STEMNET Ambassadors

35 employees from supply teaching agency Aspire People, have signed up to be Ambassadors of STEMNET. The volunteers will work in schools to challenge the stereotypes most young learners have regarding science and technology.

Employees from a recruitment agency in Birmingham become ambassadors for a charity that is inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

35 employees from supply teaching agency, Aspire People, have signed up to be Ambassadors of STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics network).

STEMNET is a charity that draws on volunteers to work in a large number of schools to challenge the stereotypes most young learners have regarding science, technology, engineering and maths.

Notable STEM Ambassadors include Will.i.am. An ambassador's role is to motivate pupils to investigate different types of careers available in the scientific industry.

STEM coordinator for the Black Country, Ian Crawford said, "We are really pleased that Aspire People has signed up to the STEMNET agenda. I think it will be a great way for Aspire's staff to contribute to the lives of our young people and help promote aspirational career choices."

Mr. Crawford continued, "By volunteering to become a STEM Ambassador, Aspire People's staff will be given an opportunity to motivate young learners through activities involving career talks, mentoring students, assisting with science and engineering clubs."

Michaela Powell, director and owner of Aspire People, signed up as a volunteer along with all of her staff. She said, "The input of employers into education is becoming increasingly important. I always encourage my employees to volunteer in schools, even if it is during working hours. It's rewarding for them to give something back to the schools that they work with. It is great being so closely connected to such a good cause like STEMNET."

"You can never be too busy to give something back. Every employee at Aspire People is signed up to STEMNET, something that I didn't enforce! I offered them time out of their working day to volunteer and they all signed up."

"After all, without incredible causes like this, we may not have the science and engineering teachers of tomorrow needed to fill those Midlands teaching jobs."

STEMNET receives funding from the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), the Department for Education and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

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