Inspiring the next generation: how Lubrizol are making a name in the community
A global chemical company, Lubrizol may not be a common household name, yet their products and technologies are in the things we use each day including shampoos, soaps, medicine, on surfaces and in fluids in vehicles, electronic devices and household plumbing systems.
The company is firmly committed to making a contribution to the community, and encourage staff who want to inspire young people to volunteer as STEM Ambassadors.
As well as raising the company’s profile, the STEM Ambassadors programme offers a platform to support staff development and recruitment needs, inspiring the next generation of Lubrizol chemists, engineers and support specialists.
From supporting young people to develop employability skills to conducting enrichment tours and 'ask the professional' sessions, the company’s volunteering activity extends right across the STEM curriculum.
Lubrizol volunteers often engage in long-term projects, including an annual event at a school in Wirksworth, to support the transition of young people from primary to secondary school. Utilising Tetrahedron and K’Nex building kits, activities which encourage STEM skills are used to promote collaboration and communication between students who will form a year group in the new academic year.
“The positive effect these events have on all pupils and staff never fails to excite, year on year. It’s certainly a great ice-breaker for all students and staff alike which sets the standards and expectations for when the students start school on September.” Headteacher
Volunteers also use their experience to give teachers the chance to enhance their subject expertise from a commercial, industrial perspective. A key example of this is through the teacher enrichment lectures that are delivered by a team of Lubrizol chemist and strategic technology professionals at the annual Top of the Bench Competition, held at the University of Derby.
The company has also seen the opportunity to work alongside the Derby Manufacturing UTC, designing a curriculum-based project on chemical engineering to complement projects already being studied by the students. Additionally they have helped to fit out laboratories and provided numerous onsite visits to their Hazelwood facility to enrich sixth form chemistry studies and provide real-life context to subject areas such as health and safety.
Lubrizol’s outreach activity has had a significant impact across the company’s multiple UK sites, creating a platform for discussion for the sharing of best practise and developing ideas. Furthermore, with their volunteer programme growing at a fast rate, their name and status as an employer is increasingly being recognised by young people and the wider community.
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