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As one of the largest employers in the local area we believe that it is part of our role to support schools in our local community in developing the next generation of scientists, engineers and
Our AWEsome Education initiative helps to inspire young people across North Hampshire and West Berkshire. It actively encourages an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) - supporting the curriculum at every level from primary through to secondary and sixth form education.
The scheme involves over 80 schools and colleges throughout the Newbury, Reading and Basingstoke area. We provide a wide range of support including the loan of educational equipment; setting up and attending events; presentations and talks by some of our professors, scientists, graduates and
apprentices; and mentoring to suit all age groups.
Our programmes extend to many more young people through the work we do in partnership with other organisations. We are able to design and deliver a whole series of exciting STEM activities to
thousands of students of all ages by linking up with local educational charities Basingstoke Consortium and Education Business Partnership West Berkshire.
Through these close partnerships, AWE is able to reach out to many more students than it could if it worked in isolation. For example, in a single academic year, our work with Basingstoke Consortium alone enabled us to reach out to nearly 4,500 students in more than 20 secondary schools, seven primary schools and two colleges for 16+ year olds within Basingstoke and more widely across Hampshire.
Julie Poynter, Operations Director of the Basingstoke Consortium, said:
"This was a phenomenal achievement for a single employer and a hugely valued asset for local education."
The Primary Science Challenge is a great example of a programme designed and delivered by AWE in conjunction with educational charity Basingstoke Consortium. In fact it was so successful that it has now been extended across West Berkshire.
Michelle Smith Chief Executive, EBP West Berkshire, said:
"We have worked with AWE for many years, and their commitment to inspiring young people to pursue STEM subjects and improving the knowledge of students is exceptional. This has been further demonstrated through the work they have done with us to develop an exciting new programme aimed at increasing the number of girls that entertechnology organisations. We're delighted to work alongside AWE to continue this great work."