The BPF have launched a new initiative called the Polymer Ambassador Scheme which aims to give people from the polymer industry the opportunity to teach children and students about the exciting world of polymers, to engage them about the possibilities of science, engineering and manufacturing.
Pentagon Plastics has enjoyed supporting the next generation of engineers and product designers for a number of years through work experience placements to local secondary school students, being involved in school careers networking events and by way of regularly opening its doors to university students allowing an insight in to their UK manufacturing facilities and its processes to aid students learning journeys.
An initiative to reduce the skills gap
As a UK manufacturer, who like any other feels the pressure of the ever-increasing skills gap, the opportunity to become involved in this excellent new initiative was not one to be missed!
Gabby Day who oversees the Business Development for both Pentagon Plastics and it’s sister company Phoenix Engineering started the ball rolling to become involved by registering to first become a STEM Ambassador.
STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs and disciplines across the UK. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to the fore and demonstrate their value in life and careers. They help bring a new and inspiring perspective to STEM lessons and career opportunities.
Now as a verified ambassador and equipped with her practical experiments kit, Gabby is looking to seek opportunities to work with local schools in the West Sussex area. Polymer Ambassadors are trained to use an engaging plastic experiments kit that has a set of five experiments aimed at young people that show how different types of polymers have important features that are used in our everyday lives.
This is an excellent opportunity as a business to be able to give something back and support not only local education bodies but also our skilled industry. Gabby has already arranged two days with a local Primary School where she will be carrying out the hands-on experiments with both KS1 and KS2 pupils and will also be taking part in the Big Bang Fair South East in June.