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 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 24 April
18:00 - 19:00 
Become a STEM Ambassador
Presentation


Wednesday 22 May
Online 18:00 - 19:00 
Presentation


Wednesday 25 September
Online 18:00 - 19:00 
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, 11:00 - 16:00 
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.


Wednesday 16 October
In-person, Brunel University London, 12:30 - 17:30
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.