Lessons in world of work for Stem girls

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STU­DENTS from Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic En­gi­neer­ing Col­lege in Skelmers­dale were treated to a sci­ence les­son with a dif­fer­ence re­cently.

Staff from Es­sity, one of the UK’s largest tis­sue man­u­fac­tur­ers, which has a large site in Skelmers­dale, paid a visit.

They vis­ited the school to lead an ac­tiv­ity with girls in Year 8 and 9.

The visit was or­gan­ised as part of a fo­cus by the com­pany to de­velop links with lo­cal schools to in­spire pupils to pur­sue a ca­reer in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths (Stem).

An­to­nia Ox­ley, a grad­u­ate en­gi­neer at Traf­ford Park Mill, and Billy Berkley, an ap­pren­tice en­gi­neer from Skelmers­dale Mill, de­liv­ered a se­ries of hands-on demon­stra­tions repli­cat­ing some of the work done at the mill.

Stu­dents were in­volved in mea­sur­ing water flow rates de­pend­ing on fac­tors such as con­tainer size and vis­cos­ity of the liq­uid.

This was fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion of pos­si­ble find­ings and ex­per­i­men­tal tech­niques, putting their Stem skills to the test.

An­to­nia said: “Es­sity recog­nises that Stem sub­jects equip stu­dents with prob­lem-solv­ing skills and a tech­ni­cal way of think­ing which will en­able them to suc­ceed in the rapidly-chang­ing job en­vi­ron­ment.

“As a grad­u­ate en­gi­neer, I be­lieve it is im­por­tant that the next gen­er­a­tion are given a taste of the ex­cit­ing ca­reer path­ways that open up by fo­cus­ing on th­ese sub­jects and, from the re­ac­tion of the stu­dents, I’d say we achieved that to­day.”

Ruth Moxon, tal­ent ac­qui­si­tion coun­try man­ager at Es­sity, said: “With around 70 ap­pren­tices in the UK, Es­sity of­fers a wealth of op­por­tu­ni­ties for those want­ing to kick­start their ca­reers in an ex­cit­ing, fast-paced and in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment.

“We work closely with schools in the com­mu­ni­ties lo­cal to our six mills to pro­mote the fan­tas­tic range of grad­u­ate and ap­pren­tice op­por­tu­ni­ties we of­fer.

“It’s im­por­tant peo­ple within th­ese com­mu­ni­ties know that such worldlead­ing Stem ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist on their doorstep and we hope our re­cent visit has in­spired those with an in­ter­est in th­ese ar­eas to look at the range of op­por­tu­ni­ties we of­fer.”

For in­for­ma­tion about Es­sity’s ap­pren­tice­ship and grad­u­ate schemes, visit: www.es­sity.com/ ca­reers/

An­to­nia Ox­ley with Shelby Ed­wards and Eva Broom-Broughan of Year 8

Sarah Hardy, Natalie Wil­liams, Emma Jones and Tilly Davis with teacher Miss Calder­bank and Es­sity staff An­to­nia Ox­ley and Billy Berkley.

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