3M gets a Big Tick for its school work
8 June 2011
BiTC awards are presented each year to “inspirational programmes” that make a positive impact on the community, the environment or wider society.
The Big Tick acknowledges the diversified technology company’s support for the teaching of STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – which is aimed at encouraging students to take these at A-level and through to university.
3M’s UK Head Office in Bracknell, Berkshire, for example, has formed a partnership with five local schools and has plans in place to collaborate with each of them – with several projects having a particular focus on enhancing young people’s interest in STEM subjects.
3M has also created two free online teaching resources around the STEM subjects. 3Mstreetwise.co.uk focuses on road safety for 7-11 year-old pupils, and the other is a sustainable-living site for secondary schools 3Mworldlywise.co.uk
Stephen Howard, BiTC chief executive, congratulated the company on its achievement. “It is a challenging time for business, but this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus and are transforming their businesses to make a positive impact on people and society and are prepared to lead by example,” he commented.
John Klee of 3M said winning the Big Tick was a great recognition for the many and varied ways that the company’s employees are involved with the education agenda.
“This award is thanks to the tremendous efforts that our people have put in to making our education programme such a success,” John added. “We’re delighted to receive it on their behalf”.
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