Go4SET links teams of six Year 8/9 (England) and S2 (Scotland) pupils with employers and universities to offer a 10-12 week Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Project.

The UK needs to increase the number of pupils pursuing careers in Science, Engineering and Technology. Support from Industry and business is sought for this initiative and can help to make an important contribution to the future of STEM through inspiring pupils to become involved at this key stage in their education. Work-related learning within an industry and enterprise context is at the core of the Go4SET experience.

Research has shown that the exposure of younger age groups to STEM related employers, encourages more students to choose post-16 courses in these subject areas, eventually leading to the study of STEM degrees at university.

The Engineering Development Trust offer the Go4SET programme to all Oldham Secondary Schools.  The programme can be run either for an individual schools for a whole year group involving all the students from either year 8 or year 9.  Or the programme can be run involving teams of 6 students who will compete against teams from other schools across the North West.

Schools Involved

Blue Coat Church of England School

Royton and Crompton School

Oasis Academy

The Crompton House Church of England School

Oldham Academy North

The Radclyffe School

Waterhead Academy

Saddleworth School

North Chadderton School


All our projects require employer mentors to support the students through their projects.  This is normally an hour a week but a minimum of 6 hours is required.  The students use the support, expertise of the engineers to complete their projects.


At the end of the programme the students attend a celebration and assessment day where they go head to head in competition with teams from their region.

We need volunteers Assessors to judge the students and decide upon an overall winner for the region.  We need assessors form all sectors involving STEM from all levels within organisations.  This role is half a day.

Nicola Day Coiley. E-mail: n.day-coiley@etrust.org.uk 0161 278 2497


Key benefits for Young People & Educators:

  • Students can understand STEM application in a real-world setting
  • Creates an opportunity to influence subject and career choice
  • Students develop employability skills to help with future study and employment potential
  • Links are developed with local industry for further engagement and learning potential

Key benefits for Employers:

  • Showcases STEM careers and career pathways available
  • Helps to address preconceptions of STEM careers
  • Creates an opportunity to develop own staff through *mentoring and leadership skills
  • Can help meet Corporate Social Responsibility objectives
  • Can assist with marketing for contracts and future business

Oldham economy gets £220k boost!


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