STEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting, free-of-charge resource for young people and those who work with young people across the UK. They volunteer from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs and disciplines, and offer their time and enthusiasm to enrich young people’s knowledge of STEM subjects and STEM career pathways. 40% of STEM Ambassadors are women.
Joanne Haskins, Project Manager at Turner & Townsend, has been described as a “wonderful STEM Ambassador to work with”. She is passionate about raising awareness of STEM careers and inspiring young people to make the most of the opportunities available.
I happened to fall into engineering because my careers teacher sent me on a Women in Science and Engineering course at Salford University in the summer of 2002….If it wasn’t for my teacher and young female role models, I wouldn’t have gone onto study engineering at university and have spent the last 10 years in the industry.
Joanne has run office programmes, coordinating upwards of 50 other STEM Ambassadors, and is also the past Chair for the Education Inspiration group for the Institution of Civil Engineers in the West Midlands and is in the second year of tutoring with The Access Project, as well as delivering workshops to schools. In 2016 Joanne won the STEM Ambassador of the year award at the STEM Inspiration Awards.
It’s amazing how one conversation or one assembly can make a life changing impact to a student’s life and that gives me great enjoyment. Our industry is about making a difference to people, and being a STEM ambassador is just another way to do this.
Joanne Haskins, STEM Ambassador