Improving access to STEM inspiration

We understand that the current socioeconomic environment is making teaching even more challenging than usual so we’ve compiled some resources to help improve access to STEM inspiration. 

Motivate your students

Use these resources to get your students excited about engineering careers, all the different areas it covers and and the different routes they could take to get into engineering.

From idea to career

A guide to 12 different engineering disciplines showing different pathways into engineering, to support students with their career decision-making.

From idea to career

All routes into engineering

A 20-page booklet for young people in the UK who are making decisions about their next steps, and the different routes into the sector.

All routes into engineering

Engineering in school

STEM Learning resources which bring engineering into your secondary school or college.

Engineering in school

IET Posters and career packs

The Institution of Engineering and Technology posters and career packs can be ordered free of charge, or downloaded and printed.

Posters and career packs
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Supporting teachers with engineering and technology inspiration

Engineering and technology are about making a difference to the world by solving problems, improving things and designing things. The scope and breadth of the engineering and technology sectors are huge.

Use our leaflet to familiarise yourself with key points about engineering careers to talk about with your students.

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Financial support for your school

Find out where to apply for funding and get tips on how to write a great application.

Inspiring real life stories about engineers from all backgrounds

Inspire your students

Use these role models to get students excited about engineering careers.

This is Engineering

Whatever your background, engineering can help you be the difference in the world. This is Engineering heroes reveal why they chose engineering and how they followed their passions into a rewarding career.

AFBE school programmes

The Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE) The NextGen and Making Engineering Hot programmes use inspiring role models to bring engineering careers to life for students aged 6 to 18.

Black heroes of maths

In celebration of Black History Month in the UK, and for the Black Heroes of Mathematics conference 2022, ICMS has worked with Nira Chamberlain to produce a poster celebrating Black mathematicians.

STEM Ambassadors

Life-changing impact for young people, delivered by 37,000 STEM professionals, from a wide range of jobs, in classrooms and communities throughout the UK. Inspiring communicators and relatable role models.

Learn from other teachers

Hear from schools across the UK and get practical tips on how to use activities and resources from Neon to inspire your students.

Employer engagement with schools

CEC Careers Hubs

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) Careers Hubs bring together schools, colleges, employers, and apprenticeship providers in local areas across England. The goal is to make it easier for schools and colleges to improve how they prepare young people for their next steps.

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Careers Wales Education Business Partnership

The Education Business Partnership (EBP) provides opportunities for pupils, their teachers, and often parents, to meet and interact with employers across Wales. These activities aim to inform, inspire, and motivate young people about their career opportunities.

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My World of Work marketplace

The My World of Work marketplace is Skills Development Scotland's website which pairs schools with businesses to enhance the learning experience of your students with industry insight.

Visit the website

STEM Ambassadors

STEM subjects are brought to life by over 37,000 volunteers available across the UK, all free of charge. Inspiring communicators and relatable role models, they are here to help now by connecting online. Aspirations are raised, careers illuminated, and learning supported.

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How to talk to businesses

The Association of Science Discovery Centres has a useful guide to how to write to businesses requesting support.

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Report: Employer engagement in education

A wide-ranging report which presents an overview of employer-school engagement delivered via the STEM Ambassador programme, and more broadly.

BSA underpreresented audiences network

The British Science Association runs a network of teachers in schools in challenging circumstances, or those with high proportions of students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM.

Read the blog

Read the BSA's blog about how to reach students underrepresented in STEM.

Read the blog

About the network

More information on the underrepresented audiences teacher network

Find out more

Join the network

Read the eligibility criteria and start your application here.

Apply here

Engaging parents in engineering and technology careers

Neon experiences that widen participation

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The X-tra Factor

Discover 6 women in STEM who have done incredible things - from space, to maths, to music, in an engaging and interactive experience for all!

  • Ages 11 to 18+
  • In-school
  • Up to an hour
  • Cost applies
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Who Wants to be a Superhero?

An energetic and interactive careers-driven show introducing engineers and scientists who turn superhero powers into real-life wonders!

  • Ages 11 to 14
  • In-school
  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Cost applies
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Project

The Butterfly Effect, by Jacobs

The Butterfly Effect is a program designed to create lasting behavior change and habit formation by providing primary school students with the knowledge and understanding they need to put sustainability at the heart of every decision they make as the consumers of the future.

  • Ages 5 to 11
  • Online
  • Flexible project work
  • Free
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Skills Miner Vertical Farming - Education with Minecraft

Interactive and educational Minecraft game to play in the classroom where students will discover their inner vertical farmer and see how their ideas can make a difference to the future of food.

  • Ages 11 to 14
  • Online
  • Multi-session
  • Free