Volunteer with us

Inspire, support, and guide young people to build a passion for STEM
 
Volunteers are at the heart of EDT. With your unique skills and experiences, you could be the support a young person has been looking for.

You have the power to help change a young person’s future today

Volunteering with EDT is a meaningful way to provide your time, passion, and knowledge to benefit the next generation. It’s also a great chance to develop outreach skills, enjoy new experiences and support your own wellbeing.

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives, but it’s the ‘covid generation’ of young people who will feel its effects for years to come unless significant efforts are made to address the impact on education and work experience. To protect the safety and wellbeing of young people and volunteers, we have temporarily put on hold our face to face volunteering opportunities, with plans to return when it is safe to do so. For now, we have adapted our offerings to continue to provide meaningful remote/virtual opportunities for our students, and we have a number of ways you can support us to make a positive difference.

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“It’s great to be involved in such an important development scheme. Young people are the future of the industry, so seeing them embrace STEM activities is very rewarding”- Sean Magee, Subsea 7

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“It’s refreshing working with young people who are excited about their future and to be able to help”

 

“The students will surprise you during the course of the project, both with their enthusiasm and how they develop and grow as people”- Colin Bryce, Step Change Engineering

 

“There is nothing more rewarding than being able to help and guide people to their full potential. Being able to promote engineering throughout the process has been great. Thank you for the opportunity to do so, and keep up the good work!”- Hayley Stamper, Cundall

 

I am preparing to apply for incorporated/chartered engineer status with the IET and EES has helped me to develop my skills by mentoring the team.”- Jamie Rosie, Liberty Aluminium/SIMEC Lochaber Power

There isn’t just one way to volunteer for EDT. We have a variety of opportunities that are flexible around the time you have to offer and the skills you want to use.

One off support

Join a virtual “meet the mentor” panel, tell young people all about your sector and have a chat about how STEM skills can help change the world

ONCE A WEEK MENTORING

Our STEM projects are designed to get young people excited about STEM and empower them to make informed decisions about their futures.

 

Support students aged 12-14, and 16-17 through hourly mentor sessions as they progress through their projects

longer term volunteering

Each year hundreds of students embark on their first experience of the world of work through our Year in Industry programme. During their placement they are (virtually) met 2-3 times by a mentor, coaching and supporting them as they enter their first job.

FUNDRAISING

Why not challenge yourself and raise funds for EDT at the same time?  Whether you’ve spent lockdown running marathons on your treadmill or baking cakes for the whole street, you can set up your own fundraising page for us on JustGiving , take part in our Christmas ‘Gift a Place’ campaign or check out our Support Us page for more details: 

https://www.etrust.org.uk/support-us

https://www.justgiving.com/etrust

What skills do I need?

You don’t need to be able to explain quantum field theory or build a car engine from scratch: we’re looking for volunteers who have a passion for coaching young people and a knowledge of STEM companies. Our volunteers are the external link to demonstrate practical working skills such as team working, which are essential for young people to develop for their own futures; and to raise awareness of all the different types of careers available.

What difference does this make?

Young People:

  • Have a better understanding of the different careers and routes open to them in the future

  • Develop key employability skills such as team working, problem solving, and communication

  • Can access opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable for them

Volunteers:

  • Can see the link between their volunteering and the needs of the sector

  • Contribute to their own continued professional development

  • Raise awareness of their company with young people

  • Have fun – many of our volunteers come back year on year to support

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions on edtvolunteers@etrust.org.uk