Education Outreach Training

Education Outreach Training

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is committed to developing engineers and maximising the impact they have on society. Education and skills are inherent to the work of the institution and the support we offer engineers across their lifelong learning journey.

The IMechE actively encourages its members to get involved in education outreach, providing support at every step of the way with free training, educational resources and guidance.

Thousands of IMechE members volunteer across education outreach and it is the most popular volunteering choice for members. Getting involved in education outreach helps us to inform and inspire the next generation, in addition to enabling members to build their own skillset, local networks and talent pipeline for businesses. The combined impact of our outreach ensures the future of the profession and enables us to improve the world through engineering.

As part of its education outreach programme the IMechE provides free training to its members. Training has been coordinated by Jelena Gacesa, Education Outreach & Safeguarding Lead and will be delivered by Alexandra Knight  and include specialist guest speakers and representatives from the IMechE’s network of Regional Education Officers.

In 2024 we will provide a hybrid training options and each session will focus on a different element of education outreach. The training will include a mix of presentation and discussion, as well as hands on practical activities. The CPD trainings provide the opportunity for members to engage and learn from each other, as well as develop their skillset.

Three training sessions will run online via 1-hour live Zoom webinars and each session will be recorded. The online training is open to members at all levels of experience and is not exclusive to STEM Ambassadors.

We are looking to provide additional support to engage more Young Members and as such will be hosting three dedicated all-day in person workshops for IMechE Young Members. The workshops will take place in London and Glasgow.

The IMechE Safeguarding PolicySTEM at Home rangeEducation order form and STEM Toolkit webpages will be referred to throughout the trainings and we would encourage you to use these valuable resources.

Online Sessions


Wednesday 20 March
Online 1800 - 1900 
Become a STEM Ambassador
Join us for this interactive online webinar to learn more about the process for becoming a STEM Ambassador and getting involved in IMechE education outreach activities in 2024. Relevant for any members considering doing Education Outreach with little or no experience, but we also welcome more experienced STEM Ambassadors to hear about opportunities to grow your public engagement skills and toolkit.


Wednesday 22 May
Online 1800 - 1900 
Inclusive STEM Outreach
At this interactive online session we will hear from a range of experienced STEM Ambassadors that focus on Education Outreach for SEND children (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) to learn how to ensure inclusion is at the core of our engagement. We will include top tips and ideas to help you build your inclusive STEM Outreach toolkit.


Wednesday 25 September
Online 1800 - 1900 
Pitching Engineering to Primary School children
How do you pitch engineering and what you do in your job to an 8 year old? Join us for this interactive online session where you will learn top tips for delivering an inspiring message to any age of children, and get to practice refining your engineering pitch! Hear from a Primary and Secondary school teacher about how to make this relevant to the National Curriculum and leave a positive impact on the young people.

In-person Sessions


Wednesday 10 July
In-person, IMechE HQ, 1100 - 1600 
Young Members STEM Ambassador Training
Join us for this in-person workshop to maximise your effectiveness as a STEM Ambassador. We will cover how to communicate your message "Improving the World through Engineering” via various facilitated exercises and practice hands-on STEM activities you can deliver to leave young people feeling inspired. Relevant for STEM Ambassadors with any level of experience and members who are considering getting involved in education outreach to give back whilst levelling-up their own public engagement skills and confidence, and gaining valuable experience relevant for Chartership.


Thursday 17 October
In-person, Brunel University London, (TBC)
IMechE STEM Ambassador Workshop
Join us for this in-person workshop to learn how to become a STEM Ambassador, and how these skills and experience will benefit your engineering career and progress towards Chartership. We will cover how to communicate your message "Improving the World through Engineering” via various facilitated exercises and practice hands-on STEM activities you can deliver to leave young people feeling inspired. Relevant for STEM Ambassadors with any level of experience and members who are considering getting involved in education outreach to give back whilst levelling-up their own public engagement skills and confidence, and gaining valuable experience relevant for Chartership.


Thursday 24 October
In-person, Glasgow University, (TBC)
IMechE STEM Ambassador Workshop
Join us for this in-person workshop to learn how to become a STEM Ambassador, and how these skills and experience will benefit your engineering career and progress towards Chartership. We will cover how to communicate your message "Improving the World through Engineering” via various facilitated exercises and practice hands-on STEM activities you can deliver to leave young people feeling inspired. Relevant for STEM Ambassadors with any level of experience and members who are considering getting involved in education outreach to give back whilst levelling-up their own public engagement skills and confidence, and gaining valuable experience relevant for Chartership.

Previous Sessions


Tuesday 28 Feb 2023 1800 - 1900 
Make 2023 Your Year of Inspiration
Presentation


Wednesday 29 March 2023 1800 - 1900
Teacher's Top Tips
Presentation


Tuesday 25 2023 April in-person in IMechE HQ – 10.30 – 1600
STEM Ambassador Training Workshop

Wednesday 24 May 2023 1800 - 1900
Teacher's Top Tips
Presentation


Tuesday 20 June 2023 1800 - 1900
Providing advice on the routes into Engineering
Presentation


Tuesday 18 Jul 2023 1800 - 1900
Inclusion at the core of STEM Outreach
Presentation


Tuesday 26 Sept 2023 in-person Manchester (venue Ducie Street Warehouse) 1100 - 1630
STEM Ambassador Training Workshop


Tuesday 17 Oct 2023 1800 - 1900
STEM outreach beyond the classroom


Tuesday 21 Nov 2023 1800 - 1900
Inspire young people with engaging STEM
Presentation