Science Oxford Employer Awards 2019 Announced
Friday 17th January 2020
Would your business or organisation be able to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, doctors, programmers, technicians or researchers? We work with some amazing businesses and we are pleased to recognise their contribution to our STEM World of Work Programme.
Science Oxford’s STEM Careers Programme offers a range of engaging activities for secondary school students to explore career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths. To help us deliver these experiences and events across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, we depend upon local employers who offer their time and workplace facilities to showcase their work and open the eyes of our students to the some of the most exciting careers available to them in the future.
This year we’re delighted to announce 5 Gold Employer Award winners – awarded to organisations which have worked with us to facilitate a number of different activities or events. The winners are Abbott Diabetes Care, Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Viridor Ardley ERF. A further 26 other organisations are receiving silver and bronze awards.
Each year we recognise the contribution of employers who work with us, whether through providing volunteers to run activities at our Careers Days, facilitating a visit to their workplace as part of a STEM Insight Week, offering a two to four-week work experience placement over the summer, or providing speakers and support for our Young Scientists of the Year events. Our programme covers the entire secondary school age-range and helps schools to achieve their Gatsby Benchmarks.
Dr Lynda Ware from Cochrane UK, a first-time Bronze Award winner this year, said, “Thank you very much for the Bronze Award to Cochrane UK. We are delighted and honoured to receive it. We look forward to a happy collaboration.”
Andy Kensley, Science Oxford’s Head of Education Outreach, said, “Our STEM Careers Programme would not have been possible without the incredible support of the 30 local employers who have worked with us over the past 12 months. We regularly see the impact on individual students, for example, when a scientist enthusiastically explains their work and shows what their job and a lab involves. Students are then inspired and excited to explore their own interests in STEM subjects.”
Could your employees spend an afternoon introducing a group of students to your business, a day supporting an in-school Careers Day, or a couple of weeks supervising a student over the summer? Visit here for more information or contact us at [email protected] to get involved.
Top image source: Institute of Biomedical Engineering scoops Gold Employer Award for hosting students on STEM work placements, inspiring young people to study & work in science – read the full article here.