As part of our ongoing community engagement and schools’ liaison activities, British Salt recently welcomed a group of nine Year 12 pupils, from nearby St Nicholas Catholic High School, to our Middlewich site.
St Nicholas Catholic High School’s recent visit to British Salt was arranged in response to a request from Susan Malec, Pledge Facilitator for Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, who works with schools and businesses to connect young people to career information and support.
Grainne Patterson and Helen Edwards designed an interesting and informative schedule for the St Nicholas pupils, who had all expressed an interest in exploring careers in STEM. The students had an excellent opportunity to meet British Salt apprentices, graduates and managers to assist them in understanding the various potential pathways into the organisation.
This is the first time that school pupils had taken part in a British Salt site tour. Facilitated by British Salt site staff, the detailed schedule included a visit to the lab which was highly appreciated by all the students.
One of the highlights of the visit was a speedy fact find session, during which students had the chance to 'interview' several members of the British Salt team - including Paul Byrne, Joe Evans, George Hynes and Mark Roberts – regarding their career paths and job responsibilities.
In order to further inform the students in their career choices, British Salt ‘s Head of Operations, Rob Hudson, gave a presentation featuring an overview of his own career journey within the company since joining as a graduate seven years ago. Rob’s presentation was extremely well received and generated some great questions from the students.
As organiser Susan Malec observed, the British Salt tour provided a valuable opportunity to find out more about a career in the manufacturing sector.
“Thank you for giving the students a brilliant experience – they were able to find out so much about a career in engineering, especially hearing first- hand from the company engineers themselves. The students enjoyed the site tour, especially their visit to the lab. The session was well planned and thought-out – advising them they would have a questionnaire at the end meant they were fully engaged and asked appropriate and relevant questions.”
British Salt received great feedback from the St Nicholas students, who were a credit to their school - motivated, engaged and extremely polite.