IMCD, a global leader in the distribution of speciality chemicals and ingredients, has announced funding for STEM support to UK schools through sponsorship of STEM Learning’s ENTHUSE Partnership programme. Six schools local to the IMCD UK office in Sutton, will benefit from the two-year partnership which will open up greater opportunities for hundreds of young people by developing their knowledge, skills, and confidence in the core STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Overton Grange School will act as lead school for the partnership which will include:
- Wallington County Grammar School
- Sutton High School for Girls
- Robin Hood Junior School
- Culvers House Primary School
- Sutton Grammar School
Over a two-year period IMCD UK and STEM Learning will support the six schools to encourage 7 to 14-year-olds across the borough, to take up STEM subjects and develop the skills needed to pursue future career opportunities within STEM related sectors.
The partnership was launched with a food design challenge during British Science Week, with teams from each school coming together to present to a panel, including members of the IMCD UK Management Team. The team from Robin Hood Junior School were the ultimate winners with their design for an ‘Emoji’ themed cake-pop made using natural ingredients, including an edible strawberry stick.
Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive of STEM Learning, said: “Coming from a chemical and food manufacturing background myself, I am delighted to see IMCD UK supporting schools, teachers and young people in this way. The benefits will be wide-ranging and long-lasting for the participating schools, young people and the local community.”
The ongoing programme will see STEM Ambassadors from IMCD working alongside the schools to provide real world examples of the inspiring range of careers and pathways available in STEM related industries. The aim is that students in the Sutton area will view STEM subjects with a new perspective when considering future career options.
“Relationships are at the heart of IMCD, and I am personally excited to forge a closer collaboration with our local schools to actively encourage more young people to follow a STEM pathway. As a large local, and global employer, we have some of the brightest STEM minds working across our business and I am delighted that so many of them have volunteered to share their knowledge and experience through the STEM Ambassador programme. We look forward to working alongside STEM Learning to make a positive impact on the lives of young students close to our Sutton office,” said Paul Hanbury, Managing Director of IMCD UK.
IMCD UK was able to sponsor the programme through the IMCD Cares Fund which was launched in 2020 as part of the IMCD 25th anniversary celebrations. Its focus is to support local communities and causes in the countries where it operates.