First Edition provides events for young people age 13 to 16, and their parents/guardians, which, through careers talks and support from industry and university professionals, raise awareness of STEM careers and study routes.

First Edition Experience day cater for ~ 100 school students working in small teams. A typical day includes 3 hands on challenges/ competitions all related to the curriculum – these include an ice-breaker activity to encourage teamwork and communication, and 2 engaging and stimulating practical “design, build and test” challenges - as well as careers guidance/ an interactive presentation from STEM industry/ university ambassadors exposing the students to the wide range of technical careers and courses available to them.

Go4SET links teams of Year 9 pupils with employers and universities to offer a multi session STEM Project.

In concentrating on STEM career and university opportunities and working closely with local STEM employers and STEM universities Go4SET encourages students to consider career pathways including apprenticeships and graduate roles in sectors that; have many job opportunities, are predicted to grow in Essex, provide higher salaries than the average amongst employment sectors.

The pupils are;

  • provided with information on qualifications, degrees and training required and are encouraged to continue in their education or pursue in demand STEM apprenticeships including Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
  • engage with role models from local STEM employers and universities including undergraduates and postgraduates who encourage the students to understand that these opportunities are also attainable for them
  • seek further opportunities through the IC Network