Girls get an insight into engineering with 3M

Jeremy Hall shows the Clitheroe Grammar School students components made at the Clitheroe 3M site.

Jeremy Hall shows the Clitheroe Grammar School students components made at the Clitheroe 3M site.

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Local employers 3M invited female students from Clitheroe Royal Grammar School to its Upbrooks site.

The diversified technology company’s site makes valves and components for asthma inhalers and the nine A-level students were given a tour of its manufacturing area and research laboratories. 3M has pledged to support the government’s “Your Life” campaign, aimed at encouraging more young people – especially girls – to study the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Clitheroe 3M site manager Ben Mills said: “We are very keen to work closely with local schools and colleges to foster young interest in the STEM subjects.

“These students seemed very interested in all we had to show them and we hope visits like this might help inspire them towards future careers in engineering.”

The school has developed close links with 3M and last autumn four of its students enjoyed a week’s work experience at the Clitheroe site learning about careers in industry.

Teacher Simon Mumford accompanied the students on the latest visit and afterwards commented: “It was a fascinating insight for them in bringing to life the science and technology they have been learning in the classroom.”

The UK is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3,000 people across 17 locations.