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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. Together we deliver activities and programmes for every age group from primary pupils to secondary and sixth form students. The aim is to inspire young people about the important STEM subjects and give them guidance on future careers choices.
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.
Sue Riley, Chief Executive 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 by Basingstoke Consortium in conjunction with AWE.
In Hampshire AWE was also one of the founding sponsors of Basingstoke Consortium’s Skillstree programme, an initiative designed to raise the profile of employability skills for young people across Basingstoke and Deane. Since its launch in 2012 the programme has helped thousands of young people develop valuable life skills.
Amanda Richards, Chief Executive, EBP West Berkshire, said:
“We have worked with AWE for many years, and their commitment to improve the knowledge of students is exceptional. Recently they worked with us to develop an exciting new programme aimed at increasing the number of girls that enter technology organisations. We also work with AWE inspiring budding young scientists at primary schools with their Primary Science Challenge.”
Similar programmes are planned with both charities for the next academic year and beyond.