The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has chosen the 2M Group of Companies as its Community Interaction Award winner this year.
The Community Interaction Award acknowledges major contributions to the community and is presented by the CBA to one of its members annually. This year, the 2M Group has been recognised by the CBA for its commitment towards education and career development within Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths (STEM).
As a business, with 165 years of history amongst our subsidiaries and a fast-growing team, 2M are passionate about increasing young people’s access to STEM education and careers. We believe this is not only the right thing to do for our community, but also for our Chemical Industry Community. We need to all support the supply chain and ensure STEM skills are at its heart.
The 2M Group were previously recognised by the CBA for Community Interaction when our 2M STEM programme was introduced in 2016. Over the last 4 years, the passion and dedication of our staff has resulted in rapid expansion of the 2M STEM Programme.
Today, our programme is regularly providing STEM insight and education to hundreds of people, of all ages and backgrounds. Alongside this, we have increased the number of full-time paid jobs, ‘Year in Industry’ placements and fully paid Apprenticeships, allowing people to embark on STEM careers. Helping Returners, women who had to leave the industry during maternity leave, to re-establish themselves within the chemicals sector has also been a core focus. We also created a dedicated 2M STEM Centre at our head office, which was opened by HRH the Duke of Gloucester in April 2019.
“We are honoured to be recognised by the CBA for Community Interaction. Science education is a passion of mine and I am thrilled with how the 2M team has integrated a STEM ethos into our everyday culture. We look forward to further developing our programme in future years, and to helping more people enter the chemicals industry.” …Mottie Kessler MBE, Chairman of the 2M Group.