The company behind Woodsmith Mine has launched a programme to raise awareness of its new STEM career opportunities available for young people.
Sirius Minerals has created a series of learning resources to support careers advice in schools and enrichment of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. The ongoing programme is open to schools and colleges across the North Yorkshire coast as well as in Redcar and Cleveland.
Teaching staff will have the opportunity to ‘cherry pick’ themes, based on the topics students are studying in the syllabus, and can work with the Sirius Minerals outreach team to develop long or short-term programmes to help inspire and engage young people. This could include careers talks and bespoke STEM-related activities, such as practical ‘hands on’ demonstrations, educational talks, presentations and interactive workshops.
Sirius Minerals’ £3bn polyhalite project, which will involve the construction of the mine near Whitby with a 37km mineral transport tunnel to a processing plant and port at Teesside, is set to create over 2,000 direct and indirect jobs, including at least 50 apprenticeship positions and 15 undergraduates.
“The Company’s workforce will grow significantly in the coming months and years,” said Matt Parsons, external affairs general manager for Sirius. “As many of these roles will require a good background in STEM subjects, and there is a national shortage of young people with these specialisms, it is our priority to generate an awareness of the rewarding careers related to these subjects that we can offer, and help boost the skills and aspirations of young people in the area.”
The Company has already built strong relationships with local schools over the last four years, having engaged thousands of students from over 50 institutions, and been the headline sponsor of Scarborough Engineering Week since 2013.
“Ensuring that local people benefit from this project is hugely important to the company, not least through the provision of good quality jobs,” says Heather King, Sirius’ community liaison officer, who was brought up in the area and has been leading the work with schools. “Helping local young people to become aware of their options in world of work and supporting them to achieve their potential from an early age is an investment in the workforce of the future, and an important positive contribution to the local community.”