"Throughout my scholarship I have been able to work with some amazing STEM organisations and charities and this award shows how much of an impact we can have."

Jamie Tupholme, UKESF Joint-Scholar of the Year 2017


To effectively tackle the skills shortage a long-term campaign is needed to raise awareness of Electronics among schoolchildren. The UKESF is taking this challenge on with an ever-expanding programme of exciting Electronics activities, inspiring students about Electronics at school and encouraging them to pursue STEM subjects through to A-level.

We provide opportunities for Electronics companies to engage with children. With our help, employers can help to shape their employees of tomorrow and benefit the sector as a whole.

Some of our educational activities

Promoting Electronics to A-level Physics Students

The ‘Music Mixer’ circuit board is a hands-on activity that teaches core Electronics concepts for A-level Physics students, developed through a partnership between the UKESF and the University of Southampton. In 2017, 36 schools were provided with classroom kits and supporting materials, as well as the delivery of CPD to Physics teachers from these schools.

Headstart Summer School

The UKESF sponsors an annual EDT Headstart Summer School aimed at STEM-focused 16–17 year olds, which is delivered in partnership with sponsors and speakers from the Electronics sector and academics from leading universities. The residential 5-day course is hosted by a different partner university each year and gives students a taster of degree study and careers in Electronics ahead of making their UCAS applications. So far, 10 participants in the UKESF-Headstart Summer School have subsequently been awarded a UKESF Scholarship. Find out more here.