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Press release - for immediate release

14 June 2017

Local Firms invited to join exciting STEM initiative - Information Event is being held on 11th July to outline the benefits of joining the programme which helps 9-11-year-old children understand the appliance of science

Johnson Matthey (JM) and Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) today announced they will be hosting an 'Introduction to Children Challenging Industry (CCI)' in Royston at 11am on Tuesday 11th July. The event is open to all science and technology companies in East Anglia and will give an insight into the CCI programme, designed to provide 9-11-year-old children with positive perceptions of science-based manufacturing and technology.

The programme, which has been running in the North of England since 1996, offers local science and technology firms the chance to be involved in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers by giving local children taster workshops at their company, alongside classroom sessions delivered by a Primary Science Advisory Teacher.

An information event is being held on Tuesday 11th July and is being hosted by local technology company, Sartorius Royston, which has been involved in the scheme for a year. There will be presentations from CIEC Programme Director, Joy Parvin at University of York, as well as Su Mennie, Primary Science Advisory Teacher, who will discuss the aims and impact of the programme. The event will also include children-led sessions from Trotts Hill Primary School (Stevenage) and St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Royston), followed by a networking lunch until 1pm.

John Gourd, Site Planning and Services Director at Johnson Matthey stated: "We were the first company in the South of England to participate in the CCI programme. Now in its fifth year here, it has been a huge success and has increased the aspirations of school children to become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow which is critical to both Johnson Matthey and the economy. The staff also get a tremendous amount of enjoyment from being part."

Gourd added: "This project fits well with our Community Engagement Strategy, which recognises how important it is to establish close links with our local community. It is vital that companies like Johnson Matthey offer children such a fantastic opportunity to learn more about science in the workplace and understand more about what career opportunities there are."

Nick Cooke, Managing Director at Sartorius Stedim Biotech in Royston concluded: "We joined the scheme at the beginning of 2016, having been recommended by Johnson Matthey, and have to date run workshops for six local primary schools. With many more schools on the waiting list, we invite local firms to join us in giving the next generation a glimpse of the fulfilling careers they could enjoy as industrial engineers and scientists."

For more information on the CCI programme and to register to attend the information event on 11th July, please contact us using the links below.
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