Science and Innovation Volunteers Program
The programme presented many challenges and benefits but, most importantly what transpired was the exciting opportunity to empower young matriculating school leavers with little or no immediate prospects in the job market. By developing a CV which included valuable work experience, their chances in the highly competitive job market would improve.
Uniquely, because of the nature of a science park that offers many different experiences, volunteers learn a variety of skills. For example interacting with customers, time management, being presentable, that a general positive work ethic is empowering, facilitating hands-on science exhibits, assisting young learners and school groups, reception and information desk duties, , up-skilling or learning new skills on various forms of technology.