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Local Charities benefit from Tour de France Challenge

More than 50 site employees from Grangemouth accepted the INEOS Tour de France Challenge in July, got on their bikes and raised money for charity. 

The four teams, comprising cyclists from both the Petroineos and O&P UK businesses, covered a combined distance of 32,295km (equivalent to more than once round the world) and in doing so raised £914 for each of four local charities.

Pictured receiving a cheque from O&P HR Director, Terry Banham, were charity representatives from CHAS, Aberlour, Beatson Cancer Charity and Children 1st.


Terry Banham, O&P UK HR Director (centre) presents a cheque to the representatives from each of the charities.

Terry, a member of one of the four Grangemouth teams entered into the challenge, said: “The response we’ve seen from our employees has been inspiring. We never expected the sheer scale of riders taking up the challenge, and I am so proud of everyone who has contributed and taken part. Not only have we raised a huge amount for charity, but many participants have been encouraged to take up cycling for the first time in many years. It has been an enormous team effort.”

The four charities were chosen by the cyclists who took part in the challenge.

Employee volunteering

The Grangemouth site has a long tradition of supporting employees’ volunteering commitment. It forms the basis of our Social Investment programme.

Social Investment gives us the opportunity to enhance the positive nature of our business.

There are three basic elements to Grangemouth's Social Investment Strategy:

Community: our focus is firmly on supporting our local communities, to raise and maintain the site's profile and to support the voluntary activities of our employees

Education: encouraging science and engineering in local schools in support of our business needs

Enterprise: leveraging our expertise to promote growth in the local economy and Scotland.

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.

 

Women into Engineering programme

As part of a week long series of activities organised by the engineering department at Strathclyde University to promote Women into Engineering, 60 school pupils aged 14/15 (S3/S4) from across Scotland spent a day at the Grangemouth site.

The event coincided with National Women in Engineering Day 2016 and the pupils, along with lecturers and teachers, had the opportunity to explore the site in the company of some of our engineers, visiting the KG ethylene plant and control room.

Erin Gilliland-Patterson, a study engineer in the polymers business said, “It is very important to support events such as this. We need to encourage the next generation of engineers to take up the subject and demonstrate to young people the many and varied opportunities that a career in engineering can provide.” The visit concluded with a series of presentations with Erin, Aimee McLaughlin, mechanical asset engineer with Petroineos and Morag Miller, third year process modern apprentice, sharing with the young ladies their experiences of the refining and petrochemical industry and providing words of encouragement to those contemplating an engineering career.