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Monday 08 December, 2014

STEMNET and Coca-Cola Enterprises bring STEM to life

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and STEMNET joined forces recently, in an attempt to provide local teachers the opportunity to meet STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Ambassadors, who volunteer their time in supporting lessons for young people to see the importance of STEM subjects. STEMNET works with thousands of schools and employers throughout the UK to increase participation in STEM subjects.

Held at CCE’s Edmonton bottling plant in North London, the event consisted of presentations about STEMNET’s work and CCE’s national education programme - the Real Experience - followed by a tour of the factory and networking.

With a programme crafted in line with the national curriculum, CCE’s Education Centres provide insight into the manufacturing processes that go on behind the scenes at our plants, and give students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the world of work. Each centre is run by a General Teaching Council-registered teacher, employed full-time by CCE.

Since 2011, we at CCE have invested over £4m in our national education programme, which also includes the annual enterprise competition, the Real Business Challenge. To date the programme has reached over 300,000 young people.

Steve Thorpe, Operations Director at CCE, Edmonton commented: “As a local manufacturer we are committed to supporting the development of young people to inspire the next generation …By opening our factory doors we hope to inspire students and lay the foundations for increased uptake in STEM subjects.”

Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive at STEMNET outlined: “This event shows the vital role that our volunteer STEM Ambassadors and our programmes have in educating and inspiring young people in STEM subjects, through real life examples”.

Also in attendance was Andy Love, Member of Parliament for Edmonton, who said: “For us to keep up in the world economy we need to promote our science and technology industries and encourage future generations to go into these fields …That’s why it’s hugely important that local firms, like Coca-Cola Enterprises, open their doors to students and teachers.” 

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