The British Beauty Council has signed a trailblazing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with STEM Learning, the UK’s largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to secure the future of the Council’s ‘Future Talent Programme’ to schools across the country.
STEM Learning works in collaboration with the UK Government, large and small employers, organisations and educational establishments to deliver positive STEM interactions for teachers, young people and beyond, with an aim to provide a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK. They are also funded in part by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
The British Beauty Council’s Future Talent Programme will be the first dedicated beauty-related resource for secondary schools, showcasing and demonstrating diverse and enriching careers across the sector. A British Beauty Council Ambassador programme will be developed over the course of the next few years, kicking off with a film series incorporating experts across the STEM disciplines; Technology, Cosmetics Science, Fragrance and Environment as well as key content creators talking about how their careers have been impacted by STEM.
“We are delighted to be working with British Beauty Council… we are keen that young people and teachers appreciate the diversity of routes and sectors into STEM careers. Working with the UKRI funded STEM Ambassador programme we can support the beauty sector by providing the framework for schools and colleges to request volunteers into the classroom, and we will be working with the beauty industry to recruit Beauty Council Future Talent STEM ambassadors across the UK.’’
Leslie Whyte-Venables Regional Network Lead STEM Learning
The programme will grow to incorporate the many other varied careers across the beauty sector, including marketing and communications, retail and buying and will offer further insight into the professional services such as hairdressing, make-up artistry and beauty therapy.
Launching this September, the Future Talent Programme’s partnership with STEM Learning will ensure clear career pathways are promoted to young people ranging from 14-18 years of age, ensuring that we have a continuous flow of new talent into the sector and maintaining the UK beauty industry’s global reputation at the cutting edge of innovation.