work being carried out with local schools by the diversified technology company 3M – which has a manufacturing site at Clitheroe – has been nationally recognised by a Big Tick Award for Excellence from the organisation Business in the Community (BiTC).
These awards are presented each year to “inspirational programmes” which make a positive impact on the community, the environment or wider society.
The Big Tick acknowledges the company’s support for the teaching of STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – which is aimed at encouraging students to take these at A-level and through to university.
A number of employees at 3M’s Clitheroe site act as STEM “ambassadors”, working with local schools and colleges on projects to enhance young people’s interest in STEM subjects.
As well as this support, 3M has created two free online teaching resources around the STEM subjects. One of these, 3Mstreetwise.co.uk, focuses on road safety for 7-11 year-old pupils, and the other, 3Mworldlywise.co.uk, is a sustainable-living site for secondary schools.
Stephen Howard, BiTC chief executive, congratulated the company on its achievement, saying: “It is a challenging time for business, but this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus and are transforming their businesses to make a positive impact on people and society and are prepared to lead by example.”
The company’s Clitheroe site at Up Brooks makes valves and components for asthma inhalers. John Klee of 3M said winning the Big Tick was a great recognition for the many and varied ways that the company’s employees are involved with the education agenda.
“This award is thanks to the tremendous efforts that our people have put in to making our education programme such a success,” John added. “We’re delighted to receive it on their behalf.”