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Improve your communication skills and confidence volunteering with young people

Discover the skills and techniques needed for good communication in the classroom when delivering a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activity.

Covering both verbal and non-verbal communication, this training will develop your confidence as a volunteer. You’ll learn practical communication skills and strategies to use whether you’re delivering a classroom activity for a STEM subject or volunteering with young people in another setting.

Identify good communication skills when volunteering with children

Improve both your verbal and non-verbal communication with this training which will get you thinking about what you say and how you say it.

We look at the way your communication style impacts the delivery of STEM activities and identify what good communication in the classroom looks like. You’ll consider introductions and how to make a good first impression, and look at techniques such as questioning that will help you make your lesson more engaging.

By the end of the course, you will have a better idea of how you can communicate more effectively with young people to get them interested in STEM subjects.

This two-week, self-paced course will cover:
  • Active listening and an introduction to questioning for learning.
  • Non-verbal communication and running a room.
  • Starting, delivering and finishing a practical activity with young people.

This course has been created for anyone volunteering with young people in STEM. You may be part of a formal volunteering scheme and be known as a STEM champion or STEM ambassador, or you may be a youth volunteering group organiser, field trip educator, working with scout groups (and similar), outdoor pursuit centres, outreach from NGOs.

You will need knowledge of STEM subjects or experience of working in a STEM environment.

To get the most out of this course, learners should complete the following two courses first:

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication with young people.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of presentation, collaboration and discussion techniques to inspire young people to continue with STEM subjects or STEM careers.
  • Develop their confidence, skills and ability to do practical activities with young people.