Could you and your team help inspire the next generation of STEM employees?

As the energy agency for Argyll and Bute, ALIenergy works across multiple project areas to promote the sustainable use of energy. In education the team works with the support of funding from ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) to deliver activities to young people and communities in Mid Argyll and Kintyre (or MAK for short) to increase awareness about opportunities relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subject areas. As part of this, we are delighted to be holding an exciting careers event in 2024, bringing together young people and STEM-related employers, and we hope very much that your organisation will be interested in taking up this invitation to support us by getting involved.

Here’s an outline of what’s happening and the different ways in which you could participate.

What? MAK STEM Fest is a 1-day careers event with companies whose operations need employees with STEM skills, qualifications and training. The day is designed around a mini-conference approach, giving young delegates the chance to meet employers and find out at first-hand about different learning and career paths that could lead them to jobs in STEM. Through this type of engagement STEM related companies can reach out to young people at school, as part of the process of addressing future skills requirements in these important areas.

When? Wednesday, 21 st February 2024 from 10:30 (9am to set up) to 15:00, extending to18:00 for members of the local community beyond S2 students (senior students, young adults, even adults looking for a career change) to engage with STEM employers.

Who? S2 pupils from the high schools in Lochgilphead, Tarbert and Campbeltown (approx. 180 in total, plus support staff) and extended to members of the local communities.

Where? Machrihanish Airbase Community Company Business Park, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6NU (A truly unique location)

How? By representing your organisation at a Marketplace stand, showcasing what you do and how this links to STEM. It’ll be an open area of the venue which the young people will visit at various stages throughout the day, giving them the chance to find out about your organisation, the nature of your business and the role that staff with a background in STEM subjects play in this. Information on your stand can be provided in any way you choose as this is your chance to engage with the students about your sector, tap into their interests and help them understand how they could be part of this in the future. The more hands on and interactive your stand is the better, so feel free to think big in terms of resources.

The Marketplace will run alongside four STEM workshops which will run in the morning and then again in the afternoon. The workshops are a chance for participants to see, experience and learn more about how workforce skills relate to the application of principles, knowledge, and skills that pursuing STEM subjects in education and training can develop. As with the Marketplace, the aim of the workshops will be for groups to spend time having fun and engaging actively with real-life resources and other activities devised for the day.

ALIenergy’s planning of the event has been carried out in consultation with Skills Development Scotland, Developing the Young Workforce, our funders at SPR and Argyll and Bute Council. It has benefitted enormously from the expertise, experience and support available from these key organisations. ALIenergy will be taking responsibility for liaison with the three schools and the venue, ensuring all logistical requirements (including travel for the students and health and safety considerations) are in place. We will be providing lunch on the day and can sign post accommodation if required both on site and 6 miles away in Campbeltown.

We are looking for local and national businesses and organisations who want to inspire and attract the next generation of STEM workers to participate in MAK STEM Fest. What we’d like from you and your team is your commitment, time, enthusiasm and fun Marketplace ideas to maximise the impact of this unique meeting between organisations and young people at such an important and early stage of their education (just prior to the options process at school). Please feel free to use the contact details below to get in touch with any questions. But if we can already count on your support and participation, please complete our booking form and return to AND as soon as possible, but definitely by Wednesday 17th January 2024.

For more information please contact Suzy Jevons on or call 07928 508511.

ALIenergy’s Education and Skills Development Programme is funded by ScottishPower Renewables’ Beinn an Tuirc 2 Windfarm Community Benefit Fund

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