Celebrating International Women In Engineering Day 29th June 2018 – Volunteer Evaluation Summary

In June 2017 the first ‘Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day’ event was held at King Edward VII secondary school and Arm UK kindly agreed to sponsor the event for a second year running.

120 female students from across 10 South Yorkshire secondary schools in years 7, 8 and 9 who may be undecided or considering triple science and computer science at GCSE and beyond attended this event. The students engaged in a number of activities with Gaia’s volunteer network to provide them with a greater understanding of the career opportunities and pathways available and be inspired to consider engineering and computer science.

To ensure continued success of the programme the volunteers were issued with a feedback survey.

Results:

Twelve participating volunteers or 100% responded. Of those respondents 100% replied YES to the following questions:

  • Did you enjoy volunteering at our event?
  • Were you happy with how your time was well utilised on the day?
  • Were you happy with the communications you received before the event?
  • Would you like to be involved in Career Speed Networking?

The final question received a 92% positive reply, with only one (8%) negative:

  • Would you be happy to volunteer at one of our future events?

We have noted that one volunteer felt their skill set was not completely applicable to giving advice as they were not in a technical/engineering position. We will implement a procedure to ensure that we identify any supporting roles and ensure that the volunteer is confident that their skills are relevant. This will future optimise volunteer confidence and repeat participation from the volunteer network. This volunteer did enjoy the day and was happy with the programme.

We are also able to report that 100% of the 10 respondents would like to be involved with  career speed networking, with 60% of those also willing to present or set up an activity.

Conclusion:

We have noted that one volunteer felt their skill set was not completely applicable to giving advice as they were not in a technical/engineering position. We will implement a procedure to ensure that we identify any supporting roles and ensure that the volunteer is confident that their skills are relevant. This will future optimise volunteer confidence and repeat participation from the volunteer network. This volunteer did enjoy the day and was happy with the programme.

We are also able to report that 100% of the 10 respondents would like to be involved with  career speed networking, with 60% of those also willing to present or set up an activity.