North East businesses awarded for inspiring the next generation
The North East STEM Hub held the first ever awards night in the region, celebrating the contribution that companies and individuals have made to enthuse and inspire the next generation.
Although the event took place over the summer, the STEM team wanted to congratulate the winners face to face with their awards now that restrictions have been lifted.
The North East STEM Ambassador programme ran by RTC North has over 1400 registered STEM Ambassadors who have clocked up an impressive 15,000 hours in the last 14 months. Every interaction brings young people into contact with thousands of volunteers who give up their time to deliver inspiring, engaging, and informative events, videos, demonstrations, lectures and many more types of activities to engage our future workforce and help close the skills gap. Claire Willis, Business Development Manager for the North East STEM Hub, said:
“We felt that this year, more than any other, our volunteers deserved to be recognised for their commitment and dedication to the programme. The North East STEM Awards are a celebration of the impact on young people, parents, and teachers that STEM companies and individuals have had not only in our region but much further afield.
“With over 100 attendees we are very grateful to all those individuals and companies who continue to support the programme. It was great to finally be able to hand the awards over to the winners and say thank you for all their hard work.
“We are already looking forward to the awards in 2022, where we can hopefully celebrate in person.”
The evening was hosted by author and TV host Dallas Campbell, who is originally from the North East and passionate about enthusing children into STEM related subjects.
With 15 award categories including six special recognition awards, it was a full agenda and there were lots to celebrate.
Worley, Capita and Jacobs sponsored the awards, Victoria Richards, Senior Project and Growth Manager, from event sponsor Jacobs, said:
“Jacobs is driving STEM initiatives which are essential to inspire and secure future talent for Jacobs and help tackle complex issues such as climate change threats, resilient cities and communities, and natural-resource stresses. We value the collaboration and support the North East STEM Hub has given Jacobs and were delighted to sponsor this important event.”
Bradley Andrews, President at event sponsors Worley, said:
"This event celebrates STEM businesses and individuals who are as passionate about supporting the next generation as we are. We have 48,000 of the world’s brightest scientists, technologists, engineers, and data scientists all working to solve the planet’s toughest challenges. It’s our hope that by working through organisations like the North East STEM hub, we can engage and inspire the workforce of the future who will drive our purpose of delivering a more sustainable world.”
With support from the sponsors, £250 has been given to seven North East schools chosen by some of our winners to help support the teaching of STEM.
Jennifer Chamley, Responsible Business Lead, from event sponsor Capita said: “Capita were thrilled to be sponsoring the North East STEM Awards.
“We are lucky to have so many enthusiastic STEM Ambassadors within our organisation who support and enthuse incredible students, so to play a part in the celebration of STEM in the North East is very exciting.”