The Generation STEM research project appeal - Volunteers Required

20 Feb 2018

The Generation STEM Project is seeking volunteers from a variety of employers to take part in a Work Preparation Day with Year 10 students (aged 14-15). You will take the role of a ‘Business Partner’, sharing your personal career journey and experience of navigating the job market as you guide a small group of students through various activities including writing effective job applications and performing well at an interview. If you’re keen to give young people a concrete idea of what modern-day employers are looking for then this is the opportunity for you!

Why employer volunteers?

The key element to these WPD days are YOU, our volunteers. Your experience and knowledge is what the students profit most from. However, we do not expect you to prepare anything in advance!

You will be given an information pack prior to the day. It will have all the resources and guidance’s on the activities. You will generally work with a small group of students but you might be asked to take part in question and answer sessions with the whole cohort. You really need only your willingness to engage enthusiastically with young people. 

Throughout the day, the Project Coordinators will be on hand. They will introduce you and be around to help and answer questions. At no point will volunteers be asked to supervise students on their own. The school will have teachers present at all times to help support as well. Our volunteers will be looked after during the day as each school will provide refreshments and lunch. I hope this gives you a good idea of what is involved.

A list of our confirmed dates is below:



Work Preparation date

Torbridge High


TBC – end March/mid April

Ivybridge Community College


14 March

St James School


16 March

Clystvale Community College


20 March

Sir James Smiths’ Community College


23 March

Paignton Community & Sports College


20 April

Liskeard Community School


20 April

Stoke Damerel Community


24 April

Mounts Bay Academy


4 May

Coombeshead Academy

Newton Abbot

3 May

Churston Ferrers Grammar

Galmpton, Brixham

24 May

If you would like to know more please contact the Devon Project Coordinator-Ralph Birkmyre or for the Plymouth/Cornwall schools, Laura Edmundson.


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