On 3 August, Surfachem, a 2M Holdings Ltd company, hosted six Year 12 students in its laboratory at the 3M BIC. The students were all participants on the EY Foundation Smart Futures programme.
Smart Futures is a ten-month programme offering paid work experience to young people during Easter or summer, giving them a variety of transferrable skills to give them a head start in their career, helping them get a job after school or go onto higher education or college.
As well as two weeks of training and one-week work experience, students have the chance to visit different businesses to get real insight into different work environments and career opportunities.
Surfachem offered an open day to enable the Smart Futures students to learn more about the company and the industry as a whole; what careers are available, and fundamentally how chemicals play a part in our everyday lives. The day included presentations from key members of staff who discussed their route into the industry and their role within the business.
The students also took part in a practical activity, which included making their very own shower gel, as well as looking at the different textures of products that are tested in the lab, all of which they could take home at the end of the day.