Cambridge LaunchPad was originally developed by Marshall to inspire a love and fascination of engineering, science and technology in young people, and help educate them about the exciting career opportunities that exist in STEM. Specifically, it was designed to address the significant gender gap which exists in STEM employment. According to WISE, boys are three times more likely to take a STEM degree than girls, and women make up only 13% of the current STEM workforce.
It is aimed at providing support, experiences and opportunities in engineering, science and technology to students in Cambridgeshire schools, aged 8 to 18.
The scheme supports and contributes to the growing demand for engineering, science and technology skills in the Cambridge area.
Cambridge LaunchPad aims to inspire and enthuse young people about STEM.
A team of young employees designed – and continues to develop – this programme to reward students through experiences rather than monetary gifts or bursaries. Students are supported through their school careers, beginning in year 4 (aged 8) and are encouraged, post 18, to join the alumni where they become ambassadors to the younger members of the scheme.