Young talent targeted

A group of 16 higher apprentices and graduate trainees is working with the Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) to attract more youngsters into the industry.

The 16 volunteers are acting as ambassadors to help local schools promote the learning and enjoyment of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Talent and development manager Karen Wright, who also chairs the MPQC council, said: “The aim is to help young people make the link between STEM subjects and the real world of employment.

“Our ambassadors will get involved in a range of activities designed to raise the profile of both the STEM subjects and our industry.”

Training for the first cohort of eight was carried out in October with a second session following in December. The initial intake comprises current and past LEAD trainees along with employees on the graduate management training programme.

“We plan to extend invitations to the rest of the business in 2018,” said Karen. “Ambassadors not only inspire young people, they also support teachers in the classroom by explaining how STEM subjects apply in our industry and at the same time boost their own professional skills, experience and confidence.”