• Posted In STEM News


    Employers including Atos, BT, Cassidian, IBM and QinetiQ have joined forces to create new specialist cyber security apprenticeships through e-skills UK.

    These employers have defined the competence and knowledge that apprentices should gain by the end of the programme, and e-skills UK has issued the new framework that governs the apprenticeships. Overall, more than one hundred of these new apprenticeships are expected to be made available this summer.

    The apprenticeships will be offered by organisations specialising in cyber security. They are designed to make it possible for talented school-leavers to enter the sector directly, learning skills in the workplace while gaining formal qualifications and earning a salary.

    More information at E-skills.

  • Derby Festival of Science & Engineering

    Posted On 14 Mar 2014 by DEBP

    Posted In Events


    Exciting Engineering in Action, City Science Safari, STEMpunk hands-on science spectacular, talk on the Science & Engineering of Time and Wild about Spring are just a few of the events taking place.

    It’s a great chance for young people to find out about the exciting developments that are happening on their doorstep and the opportunities locally for careers in science and engineering. Download the What's Happening? flyer for a list of events in brief or go to to see the full programme of activities, talks and events.  Follow STEM DerbyUK @DerbyFSE to keep up-to-date with what else is happening!

    To find out more about National Science & Engineering Week go to The British Science Association website


    Derby Festval of Science & Engineering - What's Happening? (0.08 MB)
    Derby Festival of Science Programme (0.49 MB)
  • Construction - Building Skills for Growth

    Posted On 4 Feb 2014 by DEBP

    Posted In STEM News


    Download this document to find out more about construction's contribution to the UK economy, how it can continue to contribute and why we need more construction workers.


    Construction - Building Skills for Growth (0.49 MB)
  • EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2013

    Posted On 30 Jan 2014 by DEBP

    Posted In STEM News


    The national winners of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2013 were announced at an exclusive black tie event on 30 January 2014 at the Great Connaught Rooms in London. Each of the national finalists were regional winners who then went on to compete at the national final.

    There were also Derbyshire winners amongst the finalists - Thomas Doyle from Merrill Academy won the Outstanding Achievement Award by a Young Engineering Student. Aiden Rogers from Rolls-Royce plc won the Outstanding Achievement Award for a First Year Apprentice.

    The national winners are fine examples of the drive for excellence and passionate enthusiasm that makes manufacturing great.  More information at EEF Manufacturing Awards News.

  • Posted In Competitions, Stemnet


    We are looking to inspire the next generation of engineers by setting this competition and creating an interest in the STEM subjects from an earlier age. We would especially encourage entries from teams of girls. The task is to build a machine that will complete a simple everyday task in the most complex way possible.

    For more information take a look at the competition guidelines and register to take part on the events page.


    NSEW competition guidelines (0.09 MB)
  • Greenwatch Action Grants

    Posted On 21 Aug 2013 by DEBP

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    Are you thinking of starting a project to benefit your local environment?

    Derbyshire County Council is offering Greenwatch Action Grants of up to £500 for groups within Derbyshire. Each scheme is assessed with regard to its potential benefit in terms of:

    • Sustainability or long term environmental gain
    • The protection and enhancement of Derbyshire’s biodiversity, built heritage, landscape character or local distinctiveness
    • The conservation of finite resources
    • The reduction of waste, energy consumption or transport impacts
    • Community involvement and benefit
    • Baseline environmental data and research.

     For more information and terms & conditions visit Derbyshire County Council’s Greenwatch Action Grants.

  • National Science & Engineering Week 2014

    Posted On 13 Aug 2013 by DEBP

    Posted In Events


    National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) is a ten-day national programme of science, engineering and technology events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages.

    Anyone can organise an event or activity and the British Science Association helps organisers plan by providing free activity and support resources. They welcome and support any type of organiser, from schools to community groups and from parents to large organisations. The resulting programme of over 4500 events and activities, is a hugely varied and eclectic mix.

    Nattional Science & Engineering Week 2014 takes place from 14 - 24 March and for more information visit the British Science Association.

  • Posted In Competitions


    This exciting challenge is aimed at students aged 11-to 19-years-old involved in any out of school initiative such as STEM clubs.  It involves 3 to 6 team members working together to design and build a radio controlled 4-wheel-drive (4x4) vehicle, to set specifications, that can successfully negotiate a specially designed test track that emulates real life and what a full scale 4x4 vehicle can do. 


    The British Science Association offers their CREST Silver Award to all young people participating in the Challenge. CREST is a nationally recognised award which is also well known by industry and employers. For details of this award please visit


    For more information and to register your teams visit

  • Challenging STEM stereotypes

    Posted On 19 Dec 2012 by DEBP

    Posted In Stemnet


    Five STEM Ambassadors took part in a What’s my line type activity at Springwell Community School over two days in December 2012.

    Students were able to ask each STEM Ambassador up to 20 questions and then guess their job.  Once correctly guessed or revealed, the STEM Ambassador gave a short talk about their career path, what they wanted to be when they were younger and so on.  The main aim of each session was to raise awareness of the different STEM careers.

    One of the STEM Ambassadors said, “The pupils saw me and assumed that I worked in either the medical or biological fields (Asian female).  It was good to make them realise that they don't have to stick to the stereotypes.”

    Katie Cook, Student Progress Leader for Year 8 said, “Thank you to all the STEM Ambassadors for giving up their time and talking to the pupils at Springwell.  They did a great job and were so enthusiastic.  It was much appreciated by all.”

  • Posted In DEBP, Stemnet


    STEM Ambassadors recently volunteered their time to support the BIG event and helped hundreds of Year 9 pupils learn about qualifications, careers and much more!

    DEBP were one of the organisations that had a stand within the marketplace area, where young people had an opportunity to find out about progression routes and career opportunities from a range of education providers.  DEBP had a focus on STEM and had a range of interactive activities that pupils could get involved in including computer microscopes, plasma globes, magnetism and much more!  It enabled the young people to try lots of fun activities and get lots of facts about STEM subjects and careers in the related industries.

    The STEM Ambassadors were also able to share their experience of STEM and provide a real-life relevance to what the young people were learning throughout the day.

    The event was organised by the Learning Community Partnerships and held at the Hayes Conference Centre for schools in the Alfreton, Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire areas.


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