This January the ERA announced an additional £50,000 for STEM Learning to expand its ENTHUSE Partnerships in West Sussex, London, Liverpool and Derbyshire.
The funding will allow for the development of four new ENTHUSE Partnerships and create new teaching resources for our Born to Engineer series.
Sir John O’Reilly, Chair of the ERA Foundation, said:
“A crucial part of the ERA Foundation’s long-term strategy is to forge even closer collaboration with our key partners to actively encourage more young people, and particularly young women, to take up engineering as a career.
I am delighted that we have been able to work with STEM learning to support the development of four new Enthuse Partnerships, which have an excellent track record in reaching large numbers of high-potential students.”
The Foundation believes the ENTHUSE Partnership programme will improve the lives of more than 16,000 young people in total. Increasing their STEM knowledge, skills, confidence and career aspirations.
The scheme should both help encourage more women into engineering and broaden the pool of skilled STEM students needed for the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector.
What is the ENTHUSE Partnerships?
The two-year ENTHUSE Partnerships programme aims to bring together groups of up to 8 schools to improve quality of STEM teaching, create STEM Clubs, connect teachers and students with work experience opportunities and use STEM Ambassadors to bring real-life engineering contexts into schools.
The Foundation’s latest investment follows our £15,000 support of a successful ENTHUSE Partnership in Coventry.
This 2018 pilot scheme focused on increasing awareness and developing a sense of excitement among female students about the potential opportunities in STEM-related careers.
Previous ENTHUSE Partnerships have already demonstrated benefits for both teachers and students involved in the scheme. Increasing both staff retention, young people’s interest and attainment in STEM and their perceptions of STEM careers.