Inspiring the Next Generation

Raising awareness of careers in the sciences and industry is an important part of our responsibility to the next generation. Many of our employees spend time engaging with schools and educational centers, providing support and advice for the future.

On-site school visits

Our Ellesmere Port, UK site hosted two separate school visits days for Helsby High School, during which pupils aged 14-15 experienced working in a professional chemistry lab making shampoos and shower gels. Pupils were taken on a site tour, given the opportunity to have a hands-on fire safety session and discovered the roles of various PPE, demonstrating the variety of professions that can be found in a chemical plant. Feedback following the school visits was positive, with many pupils left inspired by the role of a chemist having developed their science skills. 

At our Leuna, Germany site, an open day was held for pupils from the local schools to explore the career opportunities available across a chemical plant and to encourage pupils to take an interest in science and plant related careers. 

Pupils from North Rowan High School participated in an interactive tour of our Performance Chemicals Technology Centre at our Salisbury, US site, showcasing the exciting work we do to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. 

Education in the local community

A team of Innospec’s technical Performance Chemical chemists participated in the annual Whitby High School, UK, Science Day, bringing professional chemistry into the classroom. Pupils were led through an interactive lab experience, by our Innospec chemists, making their own shampoos using professional lab equipment. Our chemists showcased some of our shampoo formulations and pupils were taught about the roles of various ingredients. These sessions encouraged pupils to explore the science behind the products they use every day.

Innospec are proud supporters of the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum, Widnes, UK school education program. Our technical chemists delivered insightful ‘Showering with Surfactants’ workshops, aimed at promoting science and formulation understanding to young people. Workshops involved interactive learning about the importance of surfactants and enabled pupils to explore the science behind the products they use, before making their own shower gels. Through providing expertise and raw materials, our chemists left pupils feeling motivated by a career in science.