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Opportunity for Young STEM Leaders to join the Youth Steering Group

What is the Youth Steering Group?

The Young STEM Leader Programme (YSLP) Youth Steering Group (YSG) support the delivery and ongoing development of the programme across Scotland.  The group will represent the voice of young people and provide essential feedback and guidance to the project team.
The types of activities the group might be involved in include:


  • Reviewing and commenting on programme materials

  • Advising on programme activities for young people

  • Representing YSLP nationally across a range of platforms

  • Gaining feedback on the YSLP from their own centres and beyond

A specific task for YSG in 2020/21 will be to support the YSLP Project Team to produce the SCQF Level 4 Award in STEM Leadership.  This is a unique opportunity to co-design and consult on the creation of a national, formal award that will be credit rated by SQA and undertaken by thousands of young people in Scotland in the years ahead. 

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Who should apply?

The YSG will be made up of 12 Young STEM Leaders aged from 13 - 25 years across Scotland. YSG members should currently be active Young STEM Leaders in a school or community group. 

If interested, individuals will be asked to complete a brief application form detailing their interest.

Membership of YSG lasts one academic year.

Where and how will they meet?

The YSG will meet online using secure digital platforms and these meetings will be led by the YSG Chair and Vice-Chair.  There will be approximately 10 meetings per academic year with some tasks to complete between meetings.  Care will be taken to avoid busy times of the year such as prelims and exam diets.  The first meeting will be in November 2020. 

What type of tasks will there be?

YSG members will not be given huge volumes of work.  Typically, they will be offering their own thoughts and views on YSLP areas, they may be asked to sample views of others in their centre. Members may also be asked to attend meetings or even present to other people involved in YSLP or in wider Scottish education.  Typical tasks set by the Chair and Vice-chair will take around 1 to 2 hours to complete.

What are the benefits of joining the YSG?

This is a unique opportunity for active Young STEM Leaders to develop a wide range of skills and experiences by contributing to the development and delivery of a large national educational programme in STEM.  Benefits include:


  • Excellent addition to CV, UCAS application and employability skills

  • Networking with other young people and educational professionals

  • Opportunity to gain YSLP Award through YSG membership

  • Having your say in the content for a formal award in STEM

Also, the type of leadership opportunities that being a member of YSG offers can be used as activities, events and interactions towards your Young STEM Leader Award.


We've extended the deadline - apply below!

What we will do with your personal information

The details you provide in this application will be used and seen only by YSLP Project Staff and the Chair and Vice-chair of the Youth Steering Group.  For successful applicants, we will keep your information for the time you are a member of YSG.  You can ask to see this information or have it updated/deleted at any point.  When you leave YSG the information will be permanently deleted.  For unsuccessful applicants, all the information you provide will be permanently deleted on notification that you have not been selected for YSG. 

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