Johnson Matthey’s Process Technologies business’ Clitheroe site in the UK has been working with local schools to bring education and industry closer together

Open Days Underline Transparency at Clitheroe

Johnson Matthey's Process Technologies business' Clitheroe site in the UK has been working with local schools and families of employees; it has been offering a visit to the site and providing an informative and enjoyable day out.

In March 2011, the site hosted a group of local teachers and worked with York University to show schools how industrial processes such as heat exchange, recycling, fluid transportation, renewables and generating electricity could work as subjects for primary school science classes.

Then on 17th June 2011 the teachers brought over 300 children back to the site to see some of the work done on a life sized scale. The following day, nearly 400 members of employees' families and invited guests visited the site where they were offered tours, demonstrations in the marquee area and a buffet tea. The children enjoyed garden games, a bouncy castle and face painting.

Over both days, the marquee on the lawn housed a number of interactive experiments and demonstrations put on by the Clitheroe site's laboratory team. The Environment, Health and Safety team covered recycling issues and Salus (which provides occupational health services) performed blood pressure tests.

The site is eager to promote knowledge about what it does and create interest in possible career routes for young people, as well as ensuring that the community knows the steps the site takes to protect the environment they live in. This transparency is always well received and the two day event met all expectations. "One of the best school trips ever," said one child, while another visitor commented: "I think it's a brilliant place – it's inspiring."