Gatwick Diamond company’s award for inspiring young people

17 November 2014

The Crawley centre of CGG, the world’s leading geoscience company, has been recognised for its efforts in helping to inspire young people to study and pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

The company, which has sponsored the annual Crawley STEMfest and Big Bang Fair South East since its conception in 2011, has received the UK’s Most Dedicated STEM Employer prize in the 2014 STEMNET Awards for its successful integration of the STEM Ambassador Programme.

Organised by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET), the awards recognise the UK’s most dedicated and inspirational companies and individuals for motivating young people in STEM.

CGG was nominated for the award by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach department at the University of Brighton, with whom it has worked closely for a number of years.

The global company, which employs 450 people at Crawley and recently announced plans to once again be the headline sponsor for the 2015 Crawley STEMfest and Big Bang Fair South East, signed up to the STEM Ambassador Programme in 2010 with an initial eight staff, and in total 33 staff have been Ambassadors.

CGG’s senior management have given their full support to the volunteer Ambassadors, enabling them to give up work time to promote STEM to schools and colleges.  They have taken part in workshops and careers days in schools and colleges, hosted visits by students and been involved in Crawley STEMfest, the Big Bang Fair South East, TeenTech and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) events.

Ian Thornton, CGG’S UK Country Manager, said: “This award is wonderful recognition for CGG’s continuing commitment to building a passion for STEM subjects among local communities.  Our vision is that in the long term the students of today will be inspired to embrace the challenges of STEM subjects and reap the rewards in their future careers.

Achieving this award has been a team effort with almost every department at our Crawley centre contributing – whether it has been counting out 2,000 Twix bars for ‘rock property’ demonstrations, designing and building reflective mirror shields for students to use, or building a six-metre-long jelly-bean wave machine.”

He added: “Our Ambassadors are proud to have contributed over 600 hours to STEM activities since we joined, and to date we haven’t yet found a challenge they can’t rise to.”

Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of STEMNET, said: “We could not work without the help of some of the most enthusiastic, energetic and inspirational individuals and organisations working in STEM. These awards reward them and encourage others in the sector to see the benefit of offering their time to motivate the next generation.”

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