We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a £96,745 grant from the Cadent Foundation to expand our programme across North London, East of England and the North West.
The Cadent Foundation have recognised that young people from low income backgrounds face significant barriers to their progression in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers. In fact, only 10% of life science professionals, 15% of academics and 6% of doctors come from low socio-economic groups. The Cadent Foundation supports our mission to leverage the passion of STEM experts and engineering professionals to support young people to achieve their potential through life-changing work-placements, skills days and workshops. Our programme has a significantly positive impact with independent evaluation proving that 58% of young people taking part in progressing to top tier universities. Nationally, just 11% of disadvantaged students progress to Top Universities. Last year we transformed our programme to be delivered online through a high quality virtual STEM learning portal, with a strong determination to support more young people to reach their potential.
The new funding will support 160 young people who will become the first Cadent Foundation Scholars to participate in an innovative three step programme that includes:
● Mentorship and placements with top STEM professionals at world leading universities.
● An online research module with interactive activities and lectures to give an insight into engineering research.
● Workshops on careers and employability skills such as CV writing and interview techniques.
The Cadent Foundation is funded by local gas network Cadent, and has been established to support projects large and small that help people living in vulnerable situations and energy poor communities; protect and preserve the natural environment and support in creating a sustainable energy future for all. More information on the Cadent Foundation can be found at www.cadentfoundation.com