Our volunteers support EngineeringUK’s work in many ways, from judging student projects and offering careers support, to delivering hands-on activities that capture the imagination of our future minds and help develop their interest in STEM subjects.
Benefits of volunteering:
- It helps develop skills – from soft skills such as leadership, communication and presentation skills, to professional skills such as advising businesses and providing pro bono support
- It is a viable alternative to other forms of employee development – a development opportunity in the community can be more beneficial than classroom learning and is usually cheaper
- It builds employee engagement – volunteering fosters a sense of pride and satisfaction, and employees are appreciative of being given time off work to support their community
- It supports access to skills otherwise inaccessible to community organisations – many charities and community groups could never afford to pay for the skilled support they receive from the business community.
To find out more about how you can develop a skills-based volunteering approach, read the CIPD guide here
We work closely with our volunteers:
- Recruitment – ensuring that our opportunities are diverse and match the suitable candidates.
- Training – giving our volunteers the skills and the knowledge so that they feel confident and supported to perform their role.
- Engagement – communicating with our volunteers prior to our events and sharing relevant and timely information.
- Onsite support – supervising our volunteers and ensuring that they get the most out of their roles.
- Recognition – celebrating our volunteers’ achievements during the annual Volunteers’ Week
- Volunteering at The Big Bang Fair
The Big Bang Fair will return in 2023 and will seek volunteers from the STEM world who can spark the imaginations and inspire the engineers and science of tomorrow.
Volunteering opportunities will be for 1 day or up to all 3 and in a number of roles. These are:
It’s a fun and rewarding opportunity to make a difference in young people's lives as well as a chance to build your personal development and network.
“Teamwork, increased employee engagement and a sense of fulfilment for individuals are all examples of positive benefits of volunteering, which staff then bring those back to their day jobs.”
Alex Richards, Network Rail
"Understanding young people and supporting them is key to our future success and The Big Bang Fair offered a great opportunity to help me gain some of that experience."
Puja Hazlehurst, mechanical engineer and volunteer at The Big Bang Fair