Network Rail has created a dedicated space allowing schools and youth organisations to come in and interact with our employees. We want to inspire children through activities showing that the rail and engineering industry can be diverse and fun, whilst developing both their technical and essential skills.
We aim to show that both our company and industry are attainable by all regardless of gender, ethnicity and social background, breaking any pre-existing stereotypes they may have.
Minimum of 3 participants, maximum of 15 participants.
The duration of the experience depends on the number of activities you choose to include in your visit to the STEM Lab. Each activity takes approximately 30 minutes and we ask for teachers to allow for 30 minutes at the start and end of the session for introduction, evaluation forms and closing. Upon receiving your email to book the lab, one of the STEM Lab leads will be in touch to create and tailor the day to your specifics needs and the demographic of the group.
Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects
Learning what the engineering workplace is like
Develop engineering employability skills
Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers
Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering
The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:
The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:
Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.
Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.
Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.
Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.
Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.
Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.
Staying Positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.
Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.
Your students could join a work-related learning experience in an industry and enterprise context.
Students gain first-hand experience of life at college, university and within a company.