Lessons in world of work for Stem girls
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/