STEM Ambassador Programme Manager Visits Liberty IT Office, Belfast
Mary Carson, STEM Ambassador Programme Manager, recently visited the Liberty IT offices in Belfast to educate employees on what it takes to be a STEM Ambassador.
An avid supporter of the STEM Ambassador Programme for a number of years, the company hosted the information session in an effort to encourage more employees to sign up to become Ambassadors. Through the Programme, employees are given the opportunity to inspire and engage young people to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects – all of which are extremely valuable when working in the IT industry.
Though the Programme, W5 Belfast works to link STEM Ambassadors with local schools to provide better opportunities for meaningful STEM engagement with local schools and colleges. Ambassadors act as a valuable resource to teachers and schools, offering their time voluntarily to enthuse and inspire students within schools about STEM subjects. In the past, ambassadors from Liberty IT have been involved in a variety of activities such as hosting workplace visits for local teachers and career advisors, leading code club sessions, presenting at careers talks, supporting interview skills days, delivering lessons, and judging competitions. Current STEM Ambassador and Liberty IT Senior Software Engineer, Danielle Topping, commented: “Being a STEM Ambassador makes me feel like I am making a difference. We always receive a really positive response from students when we meet them at events and they seem to get a lot out of the Programme which is great motivation for us.”
Participating in the STEM Ambassadors Programme is just one facet of Liberty IT’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy. Throughout its 16 year history, the company has been committed to making a positive impact in its local communities demonstrated through its active links with schools, colleges and universities, charity fundraising, health and well-being initiatives, employer supported volunteering, and active participation in local industry initiatives. Going forward, the company will continue its focus on CR activities, aiming to make an even greater impact than it has done to date.
Following the STEM Ambassador training, there will be more than 40 Liberty IT employees actively participating as STEM Ambassadors and partnering with students to support them in gaining valuable employability skills, knowledge and experience that will help them to secure a role in the IT industry in the future.