About Camden STEAM

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The A stands for Creativity. It captures the belief that addressing STEM and Creativity together delivers greater value to individuals, employers, the local community and economy.

Camden STEAM Strategy 2022-25

Creating Camden's 21st Century Talent - Report and recommendations of the Camden STEAM Commission 2017

Camden STEAM Pledge 

Watch: Camden STEAM strategy launch at Google, King's Cross - short film (4 mins, 14 secs)

Camden STEAM Vision: 

We will work together building a future where Camden is a beacon of inclusive opportunity and innovation. Young people, regardless of background, will be inspired by STEAM opportunities and they will be ready for the world of work in Camden’s STEAM industries. STEAM employers will have access to a local diverse talent pipeline to meet their recruitment needs and help them to innovate and flourish. 

We equip Camden’s young people with the skills and opportunities to embark on a STEAM career by bringing together employers, educators and young people.   

“Working together we will make sure our young people have the opportunities they deserve, that employers can successfully recruit diverse talent locally, and that the local economy continues to thrive” – Cllr Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council & Chair of London Councils  

Camden STEAM brings opportunities in the digital, scientific and creative industries to life for Camden’s young people. Camden is home to innovative businesses and institutions from Google, Facebook, Lendlease and the Francis Crick Institute, to world leading universities such as UCL and Central Saint Martins, and a huge range of thriving small and medium businesses and start-ups. Our job is to help young people see there could be a career for them just around the corner. 

We connect employers with schools so young people have a sense of the job opportunities that exist on their doorstep, as well as working together to create new opportunities.  

There are now 51 STEAM employers working with us and over 200 STEAM Ambassadors (employee volunteers) supporting Camden’s students. We work together to achieve our strategic objectives: 

  1. Build young people’s awareness of STEAM industries, and support them to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes STEAM employers need 
  2. Provide pathways and opportunities for young people to enter and succeed in STEAM careers  
  3.  Engage young people from underrepresented backgrounds in STEAM and support a diverse talent pipeline 
  4. Create an innovative and inclusive STEAM community for Camden that influences policy and supports growth  

Check out the School and Employer pages to get involved. 

 

STEAM for Camden Schools

We aim to reach every young person in a Camden state school, from Early Years to Year 13, every year with an impactful STEAM opportunity. We are here to support Camden schools by: 

  • Brokering STEAM Ambassador activities (employee volunteers) 
  • Leading the Camden Learning STEAM Hub (teacher training network)  
  • Co-ordinating the annual Camden STEAM Work Experience Programme each July for Year 12 students  
  • Creating STEAM apprenticeship opportunities 
  • Sharing impactful opportunities from our Camden STEAM Pledge partners – recent examples include a DeepMind Hackathon, Central Saint Martins Digital Innovation workshops, Ted Baker Business Challenge, Google Certificates and Meta Girls Rising Mentoring Programme. 

STEAM Ambassadors 

We have a network of over 200 STEAM Ambassadors drawn from 51 Camden employers including Google, Lendlease, Arup, Meta, the Francis Crick Institute, Bennetts Associates (architects), LocalGlobe, Conran Design, Moonbug and many others.  Ambassadors have a wide range of experience between them and are keen to support Camden schools and young people, from giving a careers talk to working with you to design a lesson using their industry expertise. 

  • Could you invite a STEAM Ambassador to share their industry expertise and career insights in a lesson?  
  • Would you like to work alongside a STEAM Ambassador to co-design an activity, lesson or sequence of lessons for young people that enables them to learn about a particular industry and to practice skills relevant to that job?   

View a step-by-step guide for teachers setting up an employer partnership.

How do I book a STEAM Ambassador?  

Please read and complete this form to request a partnership with a Camden STEAM Ambassador. Look at the STEAM Ambassador profiles page for examples of volunteers, their job description and how they might support schools and young people. 

“Our Year 1 classes held their STEAM exhibition last week for the Eco Cities they created in their project last half term. They were absolutely wonderful and the children really loved the project” – Teacher, Primrose Hill Primary School  

‘It’s opening their minds as to how the world of work works and how the subjects that they study in school are going to be applied… being creative, being visually literate is really crucial.” - Teacher, La Sainte Union Secondary School  

“What I could see was that this this real, deeper, interconnected knowledge between these different subjects as real creative application of knowledge.” - Schools Manager, Camden STEAM Hub 

“I would love for young people to learn that there are aspects of STEAM intertwined in everything we do as engineers in industry” –  STEAM Ambassador – structural engineer  

 

Camden STEAM Hub Leadership Programme 

The STEAM Hub is a vehicle for high-quality curriculum design, teacher development, focused employer partnerships, local innovation, networking between schools and STEAM industries, and meaningful collaboration. Please contact us via steampledge@camden.gov.uk for more information about the programme.
 

STEAM resources for schools and young people  

STEAM Futures: These are videos of inspiring Black STEAM Ambassadors being interviewed by young people in Camden. The aim is to inspire young people who are underrepresented in various STEAM industries. 

Ted Baker Business Diploma: A free online programme for years 10-13 with a detailed insight into a modern business. Please contact us via steampledge@camden.gov.uk and we will send the resource. 

 

STEAM for Camden employers

“The Camden STEAM movement sets out a vision for close partnerships between industry, institutions, educators and young people, working together for a future where our scientific, creative and digital industries continue to innovate and flourish, providing opportunities for Camden’s young people to have fulfilling careers.  We invite you to join us in building that future” – Dinah Caine CBE, Chair of Camden STEAM Board & Chair of Governing Council, Goldsmiths, University of London 

 

Are you a business of any size in Camden’s scientific, digital and creative sectors? This might be data, engineering, design, theatre, life sciences, tech, architecture… the list goes on! Join the Camden STEAM movement: 

  • Sign the Camden STEAM Pledge and work with us to support all young people in Camden schools with inspiring career insights and opportunities  
  • Become a Camden STEAM Partner by driving forward our strategic objectives in your work across Camden 

 

“The benefits of this STEAM partnership have been felt by our team at Google: not just in the feedback from our mentors, but in the tangible ways that these young people have helped shape our plans for the local area” – Zoe Stern, Head of Community Engagement, Google 

“A young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 22% more during their career” – Education and Employers Taskforce research 

Camden STEAM Pledge

We ask every STEAM Pledge Employer to commit to the STEAM Ambassadors and Work Experience programmes 

  • STEAM Ambassadors: Deliver career activities in schools to help us reach every young person, every year. STEAM Ambassadors are at the heart of the STEAM Pledge. STEAM Ambassadors are our network of employee volunteers in Camden primary and secondary schools. Camden STEAM trains and supports STEAM Ambassadors, and brokers activities that have a real impact for young people.

  • Work Experience: Welcome young people on work experience to enable every 16-18-year-old young person in Camden to access a placement. Host a group of young people during Camden’s STEAM Work Experience week each July, or commit a places on your existing programme to Camden state school students. Camden STEAM will guide you through the process of planning a high-quality placement and support you to recruit students from local schools. 

  • Apprenticeships: Recruit local young people to STEAM Apprenticeships. Work with us to create a Camden STEAM Apprenticeship route in your organisation and recruit local young people, or offer roles on your existing STEAM apprenticeship route to Camden young people. 

  • STEAM Hub: Work with teachers in the STEAM Hub, sharing industry expertise to bring the curriculum to life. The STEAM Hub brings teachers and employers together to co-design curriculum projects – from single lessons to six-week projects. This embeds authentic industry expertise in the curriculum and is a powerful way for young people, teachers and employers to work with and learn from each other. 

Camden STEAM Partners drive forward these principles in your work so together we achieve our Camden STEAM vision  

  1. Build young people’s awareness of STEAM industries, and support them to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes STEAM employers need 
  2. Provide pathways and opportunities for young people to enter and succeed in STEAM careers  
  3. Engage young people from underrepresented backgrounds in STEAM and support a diverse talent pipeline 
  4. Create an innovative and inclusive STEAM community for Camden that influences policy and supports growth  

“It has been an honour for us at Bennetts to work locally with the Camden STEAM team and more so to create fantastic links with nearby primary and secondary schools in the Camden borough.  We have been able to give workshops, provide work experience, conduct projects, give career talks about architecture and the construction to both students and teachers at a variety of schools in Camden.    

We thoroughly enjoy connecting with local students and communities, as we see the future architects and designers amongst them – and we are excited by the prospect of inspiring and opening the minds of such young creatives so early on in their educational journey” Jade Chau, Associate/ Architect, Bennetts Associates 

STEAM opportunities for Camden schools and young people

Opportunities – Autumn Term 2023       

If you would like to find out more about these opportunities, please email:  steampledge@camden.gov.uk     
 

Primary    

 

 

  • Google Visits for year 5 classes - Google are offering tours of their headquarters at 6 Pancras Square for year 5 classes in Camden primary schools. Morning or afternoon slots are available - for more details/dates and to book a place email steampledge@camden.gov.uk 

 

Secondary   

 

STEAM Ambassador profiles

There are now 51 STEAM employers working with us and over 200 STEAM Ambassadors (employee volunteers) supporting Camden’s students. Below is a sample of STEAM Ambassador profiles to exemplify the range of STEAM roles in Camden. 

 

Job Title: Mechanical Engineer

Business/organisation: Wayve Technologies

Job Role: Watch the Video Profile 

 

Job Title: AI Product Manager

Business/organisation: Wayve Technologies 

Job Role: I've built self-driving cars myself! These days I work mostly on longer-term strategy, planning out 2-3 years down the line how we actually make these cars useful for people. I've led DEI initiatives at my company, making sure we build both the tech and the teams with all our potential users in mind.

 

Job Title: Sound Engineer

Business/organisation: Forever Audio - We are an audio production and creative agency, who have 11 sound studios in the heart of London. We write, record and produce sound for everything from TV and Radio ads, to Podcasts, Films, Audiobooks and Immersive Audio Experiences

Job Role: As a sound engineer, I spend my day recording different voices and sounds so that I can blend them together to make the audio for the things on your TV, computer, radio, mobile phone... the list goes on! My involvement in STEAM so far: I have run a presentation on the 'journey of a sound' to several schools showing students how audio and STEAM subjects are so closely linked in so many ways. I have also taken part in several workplace visits showing young people what my job as a sound engineer in a recording studio entails and how we go about making a TV advert.

 

Job Title: Senior Creative

Business/organisation: Forever Audio

Job Role: I work in the audio creative team, turning client briefs into audio adverts by coming up with ideas and writing scripts. I also present to clients, brands and agencies to show them how powerful and emotional audio can be. Finally, I help train other members of the team on audio creativity. My involvement in STEAM so far: I helped to run an audio workshop with several young people, in which they learned more about my role, all the different things we do as a company and finally how to apply audio to a TV ad. The later part of the session was interactive and included the participants directing a voiceover, choosing music and even creating their own SFX.

 

Job Title: Audiobook Production manager

Business/organisation: Forever Audio

Job Role: I work in the Audiobook department and so my job is essentially listening to and recording people reading. We record fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, memoirs, anything really that is a book! I work on castings, finding the right actor to narrate the text and bring it to life. I produce in the studio, which involves prepping in advance for pronunciations and to get a feel for the book. Then recoding in the studio whilst listening and following along with script to check for misreads and noise.
5 My involvement in STEAM so far: I helped to run an audio workshop with several young people, in which they learned more about my role, all the different things we do as a company and finally how to apply audio to a TV ad. The latter part of the session was interactive and included the participants directing a voiceover, choosing music and even creating their own SFX.


Job Title: Architectural Assistant

Business/organisation: Bennetts Associates

Job Role: I work as part of a big team to design buildings. We think about every part of a building… what does it look like? What rooms we need? How do we find our way around it? What materials it is made from? I’m really interested in sustainability, so designing buildings that are good for the planet’s health. My favourite project was helping lead a ‘eco- masterplan’ project with Year 9 classes.

 

Job Title: Architectural Assistant

Business/organisation: Bennetts Associates

Job Role: I have a passion for designing buildings that improve people’s lives. My favourite project was helping a Year 1 class design their dream bedroom through model making. I am keen to support architectural education in schools.

 

Job Title: Skills, Employment and Education Advisor

Business/organisation: SCS JV (Skanska, Costain STRABAG Joint Venture)

Job Role: Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCSjv), working on behalf of High Speed 2 (HS2) are delivering the London Tunnels section of the new high speed railway. The JV will complete works taking the railway from West Ruislip to Euston via Old Oak Common, building a variety of structures and will be running seven tunnel boring machines. My involvement in STEAM subjects so far: Allowing students to have exposure of the Construction and Engineering world, work experience with Environmental, Commercial, Engineering teams!  Supporting the ‘Build a Trainline’ tasks with students which allows them to have exposure and understand all elements involved from commercial to design. 

 

Job title: Content designer

Business/organisation: Meta

Job role: As a Content Designer at Meta I plan, write, edit, test and improve content including interface language, product education materials, product names, navigational nomenclature and other content throughout Meta experiences. I work closely with User Researchers and Product Designers to ensure we are always designing with the user at the centre. 

 

Job Title: Public Policy Manager, Strategic Response

Business/organisation: Meta

Job role: I manage the crisis response when content is posted that can lead to physical harm to people offline globally, and am the team lead for Sub-Saharan Africa crisis incidents. This can include risks related to terrorist attacks, active conflicts, electoral violence, health pandemic misinformation or social unrest events. 

 

Job Title: Ted’s Historian

Business/organisation: Ted Baker

Job Role: I have been historian in residence and communities advisor at Leading fashion and lifestyle brand Ted Baker since 2014. Prior to that, I worked as a teacher for nearly 40 years, finishing my career as Deputy Head of a London secondary school. In addition to my roles as historical advisor and staff trainer at Ted Baker, I have worked closely with London boroughs, in particular Camden, to develop a range of business education programmes and projects for use in schools and clubs. Our teams have also been involved in mentoring young entrepreneurs and providing interview guidance for young people aged between 16 and 24. Our most recent project, an online business diploma, builds on all all this experience and is due to be rolled out nationally in 2022/3.

 

Job Title: Education Manager

Business/organisation: Francis Crick Institute 

Job Role: Although previously a scientist, I now run the Crick’s education outreach programme. We provide over 25 different activities for young people aged 5-18, their teachers and families, through our ‘every child, every year’ approach to sharing our love of all things sciency in Camden. My role is to help Camden schools get max benefit from the Crick by making sure that our offer meets local need.
 

Job title: Postdoctoral Fellow  

Business/organisation: Francis Crick Institute 

Job role: I am working at the Francis Crick institute, after having completed my PhD in Germany in Summer 2021. Specifically, I am working in developmental biology, i.e., studying how the embryos develop (focusing on the nervous system) and how different cells arise from not-yet-specified progenitors (“stem cells”).” 

 

Job title: Head of Sustainability - Construction

Business/organisation: Lendlease 

Job role: I am responsible for the construction business’ sustainability performance. I am currently implementing plans for the business to become net carbon zero by 2025 and developing the longer-term sustainability strategy for the business. 

 

Job title: Head of Technology 

Business/organisation: Camden Council

Job role: Camden’s Technology Service includes Camden’s IT Service Centre, Infrastructure, Information & Cyber Security, Technology Adoption and the Schools IT Support Service, which delivers services to schools on a traded basis. 

 

Job title: Head of Applications 

Business/organisation: Camden Council

Job role: Management of support teams that maintain over 150 line of business applications covering all council services such as Housing, Planning, Social Care, Revenue & Benefits, Parking etc. Leadership of software development teams that deliver user centric and innovative services, utilising low-code technologies, government platforms, and robotic process automation. 

 

Job title: Senior Product Analyst - Read Along 

Business/organisation: Google for Education 

Job role: I am an analyst, looking after the Read Along product's data insights function. I have a background in Statistics and Machine Learning. 

 

Job title: COO 

Business/organisation: Apian

Job role: I manage the internal and externally facing strategic & operational elements of the company, this covers finance, IT, the project teams for our flight operations, coordinating airspace etc. When I'm not doing this I work on product management & partnerships which is what I spent the previous 7 years doing at Google! 

 

Job title: Graduate Vertical Transportation Engineer. 

Business/organisation: Arup

Job role: Vertical Transportation within the buildings sector encapsulates lift, escalators, moving walkways and any mechanical devices which circulate people or things in around a space.  My role involves designing a solution which combines one or more of these transportation methods to ensure that the building moves people and things safely, effectively, and efficiently for its intended purpose. The design process involves, but is not limited to, simulating passenger traffic flow, surveying the equipment available on the market, and coordinating with architects and engineers to seamlessly integrate the design into the building. 

 

Job title: Senior Civil Engineer 

Business/organisation: Momentum Transport Consultancy

Job role: Civil Engineers plan, design and manage all kinds of construction projects, from bridges, buildings and stadiums, to roads and railway tracks. They are the people in between the artists and the builders. The tallest building in the United Kingdom is the Shard in London for example, this began as an idea from the artist’s (architect) imagination. The Civil Engineers had to think about how it was to be designed to make sure it was possible and safe to build. They have to make sure that the building is able to handle things such heavy wind and earthquakes. They then tell and show the builders how to build it. My favourite project (with schools) was always practical competitions. I’ve had two separate primary school STEM days where I have taught children how to make use of recycled material to construct boats, marble runs for example. What I found most valuable was showing them the value of re-using material but also different material properties and their strengths and weaknesses.

 

Job title: QC, Delivery and Asset Manager 

Business/organisation: Moonbug Entertainment

Job role: From production to post-production to distribution, quality control is about making sure best practices are followed and highlighting faults within the production. Before Moonbug, I worked on over 400 Hollywood and independent films from the big five studios to help them localise and distribute them around the world.
 

Job title: Product Development Manager

Business/organisation: Moonbug Entertainment

Job role: I work with external companies (licensees) to translate Moonbug’s brands into consumer products that bring our brands to life and sell at retail. My role specifically focuses on fashion-led products, and I use market research and trend forecasting to identify design and product trends and ensure we are creating the best possible brand assets internally for our partners to design great product with.

 

Job title: Senior Interaction Designer

Business/organisation: Google

Job role: My role involves striving to make Google products (specifically Android, which I work on) delightful to use, easy to understand and accessible to our billions of users. My team and I do this via a process of user research, creative ideation & problem solving, testing/prototyping solutions using a variety of digital tools and iterating based on feedback.

 

Job title: Software engineer

Business/organisation: Google 

Currently, I'm a software engineer at Google working in cybersecurity. Specifically I work on authentication on ChromeOS. I've been working at Google for about 4 years after graduating from College from University of Southern California

 

Job title: Digital Marketing Apprentice 

Business/organisation: Google - Waze team

Job role: . I am in charge of setting up campaigns for our clients, in which these campaigns are reflected on the Waze App with real life recognition and interaction on the Ad Units from everyday consumers. I also gather reports for our clients that show the progress of these campaigns and allow both ourselves and the client to assess whether or not our partnership is beneficial to them as a company
 

Job title: Product Marketing Manager, Android 

Business/organisation: Google - Android 


A Software Engineer who fell in love with Consumer Marketing! I am a seasoned marketing professional who loves leading and developing strong teams as the basis for achieving outstanding results.

I help organizations craft their story by building global marketing & digital campaigns, Go-To-Market (GTM) strategies and product roadmaps. I have spent over 10 years leading iconic brands for leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Consumer Tech firms such as L’Oreal, NIVEA, ,Estee Lauder and UberEats. I have led GTM plans for tech giants such as Meta and Google. I also have 2+ years of Software Development experience (pre-MBA) working with Fortune 500 clients across.

At Google I help build strategic relationships and lead co-marketing campaigns with carriers and retailers in the UK. I work cross-functionally with stakeholders across the business including: Marketing, GTM, Business Development, Legal, Finance, and Strategy & operations to develop and execute joint marketing plans with retail partners to grow the Android. I create campaign briefs and lead partners/agencies through creative strategy and production processes. I help monitor and evaluate campaign performance, shape creative and generate learnings for future campaigns.
 

  1. Argent
  2. Arup
  3. Arup Architecture
  4. BBUK Studios
  5. Bennetts Associates
  6. British Library
  7. British Land
  8. Camden Town Unlimited
  9. Childrens’ Radio UK
  10. Cockpit Arts
  11. Conran Design Group
  12. CSM
  13. Eden Smith
  14. Eurostar International
  15. Exterion Media
  16. Farrans
  17. Forever Audio
  18. Francis Crick Institute
  19. Gerald Eve
  20. Google
  21. Grant Thornton
  22. Hatton Garden BID
  23. High Speed 1
  24. High Speed 2
  25. Hoare Lea
  26. Institute of Practitioners in Advertising
  27. Labtech
  28. Lambert Smith Hampton
  29. Lendlease
  30. LocalGlobe
  31. Mace Dragados JV
  32. Matrix SCM
  33. Meta
  34. McClaren Group
  35. Models 1
  36. Momentum Transport
  37. Moonbug
  38. Morgan Sindall
  39. Mullaley
  40. Piercy & Company
  41. PineBridge Investments
  42. Nesta
  43. The Roundhouse
  44. RS Components
  45. SCS Railways
  46. Stantec
  47. Skanska 
  48. Springer Nature
  49. St George PLC
  50. The Place
  51. Ted Baker
  52. Transport for London
  53. Troup, Bywaters & Anders
  54. UCLH
  55. UCL
  56. UCL Cancer Institute
  57. Wayve
  58. Wellcome Trust

Camden STEAM work experience week July 2023 success

Camden STEAM Work Experience 2023  

 

The Camden STEAM Work Experience Week 2023 successfully delivered over 250 work experience placements for year 12 students studying in Camden schools.  Get in touch to be involved next year! - steampledge@camden.gov.uk

 

Article - Celebrating Success of the Camden STEAM Work Experience 2023

Press release - Camden STEAM Work Experience 2023

 

The benefits of the Work Experience Programme to Google are immense: not just in the feedback from our mentors who get a lot out of the experience working with young people, but in the tangible ways that these students are helping to shape our plans for the local area. The programme’s real-life projects were designed by our Marketing and Real Estate teams to learn from our neighbours and use their unique insights to inform our approach to the ground floor of our new building in King's Cross.  Amy Brown, Head of Creative Strategy, EMEA Events & Experiences, Ads and Marketing at Google 

"I learnt about the mindset I am supposed to approach my career with, which will definitely have me emotionally stable throughout
the highs and lows. I have developed my public speaking and networking skills, which I now know to be not too daunting to
use. I have learnt what not to do in a team setting, since my group had a lack of communication."
 Year 12 student on the Google STEAM placement, July 2023

"I’m amazed at how friendly and generous everyone has been, I didn’t think I’d be able to open up and speak to people, but I’m surprised and feel like I’ve really connected and bonded with people. I’ve gained clearer insight into roles I’m interested in going to. I was feeling vague about theatre and film industries but now my interest has intensified acutely. I’ll definitely look into more into them. It’s been like a job tour and springboard into what there is and what I’d be interested in doing." Year 12 student on the Camden Spark STEAM placement 

“There are well researched impacts of work experience on young people’s aspirations, career-readiness, personal effectiveness and educational outcomes” Careers and Enterprise Company 2017.    

 

  • Work with Camden STEAM to offer a work experience placement for groups of Year 12 students. The STEAM work experience programme has had a significant impact for Year 12 young people studying in Camden schools. Our aim is to reach more than 250 students again in 2024 with high-quality work experience placements.   
  • Placements are prioritised to those who are underrepresented in the STEAM field, including girls and those from a Black, Asian and Other Ethnic background as well as students who have not had work experience before.  

In July 2023, Camden STEAM hosted Year 12 students in a week-long placement at 16 organisations including Google, Camden Council Inclusive Economy, Arup, Models 1, Moonbug Entertainment, BAM Nuttall, Bennetts Associates, British Land, British Library, Cadent,  Camden Council Digital and Data Services, Camden Spark, Hoare Lea, LabTech, Lendlease, SCS JV and St George PLC. 

  • 94% of the young people who participated said that they have learnt new skills that they wouldn't have learnt at school or through other activities.
  • Most young people have mentioned collaboration, teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills as something they have been able to practice during their work experience week.
  • 74% of the young people participating said that this was their first ever work experience
  • Over 90% of the young people feel more confident about entering the world of work having completed their work experience

 

Get in touch with us steampledge@camden.gov.uk to be involved!  

 

Why WEX Year 12? 

There is some comparative evidence on work experience that suggests that the development of employability skills is felt to be a more prominent outcome for those undertaking a placement over the age of 16 - given their proximity to the labour market and current policy priorities (CEC 2017

WEX makes a difference, there are well researched impacts of work experience on young people’s aspirations, career-readiness, personal effectiveness and educational outcomes. Highly-structured placements – designed to be interactive, engaging and provide opportunities to sample various aspects of a particular profession – can lead to a substantial increase in participants desire to pursue careers in challenging sector (CEC 2017). To that end the Camden STEAM team will support employers to develop work experience placements – ideally for groups of 10 or more young people. We prioritise those young people who are underrepresented in the STEAM field, including girls and those from a Black, Asian and Other Ethnic background as well as students who have not had work experience before.  

Camden STEAM has worked with companies including Google, Camden Council, Arup, Models 1, Farrans and Central Saint Martins to deliver high quality work experience placements for Camden year 12s.  

 

How does it work? 

We ask employers to support a minimum of 10 placements over the work experience week

  • Design a structured and high quality placement with groups of students working in self-managed, small teams in the workplace on real-life business challenge you set, with teams presenting their findings on the final day. 
  • Insights - employers say that a team approach gives a more realistic insight into the workplace and allows students a chance to gain important experience of team working and other essential career ready skills.
  • Low pressure on individual members of staff. There will be a main point of contact for students over the week, but by including other members of staff/different departments/even suppliers and partners to talk about their job roles and how it relates to the business challenge - workload is spread and there is less need for one-one supervision.
  • Impact the local community - our direct relationship with schools means the programme is able to reach more young people in Camden who would otherwise not have access to this opportunity. The work experience leaves a lasting impression on the students and offers employers a diverse range of thoughts and insights from the next generation and future workforce. 

 

How Camden STEAM will support you 

  • Help design content 

  • Recruit students on your behalf from all Camden secondary schools 

  • Select students on your behalf if preferred 

  • Help facilitate health and safety /safeguarding paperwork 

  • Feedback from students 

 

Get in touch with us to register your interest in offering a work experience for groups of year 12 students - steampledge@camden.gov.uk