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2M STEM Graduate nominated for Industry Award

As part of the 2M STEM Outreach programme, Surfachem’s 2M Subsidiary has been supporting Science students and graduates to gain access to a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

We are delighted that one of 2M’s Science graduates, Joseph Gregson, working in the Surfachem subsidiary, has been short-listed for a Yorkshire Chemical Focus (YCF) “Graduate of the Year” Award 2016.

Joseph is a recent Biology graduate and started working for Surfachem in late 2015 via the Santander Internship Scheme where he worked in our International Sales department as a Technical Data Administrator.

While working at 2M he has had the chance to learn about the different areas of our business, which allowed him to progress into an internal sales position as well as gain experience within our Technical department.

Joseph’s progression has showed how invaluable internships can be in gaining vital experience in the chemical industry and the wide range of careers on offer.

The winner will be announced at the YCF People Awards Ceremony later in the month and we wish Joseph the very best of Luck!!


Joseph, a 2M STEM graduate who has been nominated for the YCF award

2M Supports STEM for young people’s employment, with EY

2M’s subsidiary, Surfachem, hosted six school students in our laboratory at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield. The students were all participants on the EY Foundation Smart Futures programme.

Smart Futures gives young people access to a great experience of work. It is a ten month programme offering paid work experience during Easter or summer, giving students a variety of transferable 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 was delighted to be part of this great initiative, offering 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 in which they could take home at the end of the day.

The visit was a great success for all involved and an inspiring day for both students and employees!

Surfachem staff with students in Surfachem’s Innovation Centre after an employment talk

Surfachem staff with students in Surfachem’s Innovation Centre after an employment talk

Students from the EY Foundation formulating their own shower gel in the Surfachem Innovation Lab

Students from the EY Foundation formulating their own shower gel in the Surfachem Innovation Lab

2M wins award for helping young people access STEM careers

2M is proud to be presented with the ‘Highly Commended’ award by the Chemical Business Association for the ‘Community Interaction Awards’ at the 2016 Annual Ceremony.

The commendation was given for our efforts to help young people access Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.


CBA’s award given to 2M at the 2016 ceremony

Mottie Kessler, Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings said:

‘I am delighted that we have been able to help so many young people learn about and access our industry. I started my own Science career thanks to an industry Work and Study programme and I know that such opportunities can literally change a young person’s life.

‘As a company with over 150 years’ history and based in the UK, it is both a privilege and a duty to support our industry and our country in this way.’

We work with schools, disadvantaged students, apprentices and graduates to help them access our industry, both by giving our time and training and by giving them jobs and work placements.

2M give Young People a helping hand into STEM careers, to strengthen our industry

engineer helping hand

Overcoming the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills shortage is vital to the health and survival of our industry. As a business with over 150 years’ history, we care about the long term.

2M Holdings therefore pursued a four-pronged approach in 2015 across our sites to ensure young people at each stage of early adulthood through to working age, have access to a career in Science and are inspired to join our industry.

Chairman and CEO Mottie Kessler started his own career with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a supported work placement in industry. It’s an opportunity he wants others to have.

In 2015, we helped the following school pupils, apprentices, university students and graduates gain access to our industry through museum presentation and participation, work experience, year in industry placements and ultimately, job offers: