Developing the Young Workforce
An annual plan of activities with Grangemouth High School has been drawn up that will deliver coordinated school student and teachers visits to the site as well as providing opportunities for employees to visit the school to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Duncan McIntosh, Learning and Development Manager, says: “Under the national Developing Young Workforce initiative we have been able to establish a formal framework with Grangemouth High School. The framework helps INEOS employees to share their experience and knowledge in Science, Technology and Engineering with the school. Our presence close to the school makes it a perfect partnership to help prepare local school pupils for the world of work.”
The DYW strategy, which has been rolled out across Scotland, has the aim of helping support young people into employment and complements the work the site has continued to undertake in working with local schools.
In March the site welcomed two groups of students into the works laboratory from the school’s ‘Skills for Work Lab’ class. The students were given demonstrations of some of the analytical techniques used in one of Scotland’s most advanced industrial laboratories. They had the opportunity to contrast these with those used in the school laboratory and to discover some of the activities undertaken by a key employer that shares the same town as they do.