Around 100 secondary schools across the wider South West have now signed up to take part in Generation STEM, our free work preparation/work experience programme for Year 10 students (aged 14-15).

In a nutshell Generation STEM involves:

• A free Work Preparation Day for Year 10 students, organised by CSW with the involvement of local employers
• Support for 15 students to apply and interview for 5 bespoke STEM-related work experience placements

The aim of the project is to improve students’ employability skills, career-decision making and knowledge of the world of work in STEM, particularly those who wouldn’t normally get the chance to participate in this kind of opportunity.

Schools don’t need to have an existing Year 10 work experience programme in place to take part – participation in Generation STEM can be completely standalone, or can be adapted to fit in with an existing work experience programme if needed.

Only 30 places now remain to take part in the programme which is fully-funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, Careers and Enterprise Company and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, meaning there are no costs to the school to take part. Indeed, as Generation STEM is part of a randomised control trial, those schools not selected for intervention will receive a payment of £1,000 for simply taking part in follow up data collection.

As remaining places are limited, we are no longer giving a fixed signup deadline – once the places are gone, they’re gone! – so we encourage schools to submit applications ASAP. Full details can be found in the documents below.

Applications are now CLOSED.


Note: Any state school with Year 10 on roll in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth is eligible to apply.