There is a statutory duty for schools to provide careers guidance from Years 8 – 13, with non-statutory initiatives also in place for primary-aged students. Schools should ensure that students are exposed to a diverse selection of professions requiring STEM subjects.
Non-statutory guidance states 'STEM ambassadors are seen by teachers as inspirational role models...Teachers also value their knowledge and insight into different career routes and pathways...'
After engaging with STEM ambassadors, 82% of teachers report improved motivation and aspirations to study STEM subjects further from their students.
Source: Careers guidance and inspiration in schools (Departmental advice for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff, April 2014), p7