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Mentoring

AWE’s team of mentors is able to offer support  to young people making choices about their careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

As one of the largest employers in the local area, AWE has long been committed to developing the next generation of STEM professionals.

Our mentoring scheme is aimed mainly at older students who are considering career choices but we are also able to offer support to gifted and talented pupils at primary level who need science mentors to stretch their skills.

Twelve local schools are part of our mentoring scheme - including primary, secondary schools, and a Sixth Form College. Some 150 volunteers- many of whom are scientists and engineers - mentor young people in a range of disciplines including STEM topics as well as general mentoring.

David Smith, STEM teacher at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke, said:

"As one of the largest local employers, AWE have been a vital force in promoting STEM careers and courses. Their support for schools and colleges is so well developed and integrated - far ahead of other local businesses; we would be lost without them."

A designated school coordinator manages the mentoring scheme and supports the work of the mentors who usually attend the school once a month. They add real value through their work, which includes tutoring pupils through subject exams, providing career information, assisting students to write personal statements and advising on interview techniques.

AWE has a mix of mentors of all ages and backgrounds. They are matched with students based on their career, background, skills, interests and personality. All mentors are provided with training and are Disclosure and Barring Service checked as part of the scheme.

For your school to be eligible for AWE Schools Mentoring Scheme the school must be located within Basingstoke, Reading and Newbury area.

 For further details email communityandschools@awe.co.uk.