Gold award for petrochemical firm

Published:  23 November, 2017

Petrochemical company ExxonMobil reports it has been awarded Gold Corporate Partner status for its UK sites in Fawley, Hampshire, and Fife, Scotland, by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and says it received the recognition for its significant contribution in encouraging UK schoolchildren into engineering careers through engagement activities, and providing outstanding support to its employees through professional development.

The company was presented with the award at its Refining and Chemicals site in Fawley, Hampshire on 21 November 2017.

ExxonMobil employs 3,000 people in the UK alone, and is one of the largest employers of chemical engineers. It has made a major contribution to the engineering skills gap, through encouraging school children into chemical engineering, supporting young engineers studying the discipline at university, and providing ongoing professional development to all of its chemical engineers.

Chemical engineers at the Fawley and Fife sites are professionally developed through the company’s training scheme, which has been accredited by IChemE for more than 25 years.

The scheme provides technical and manufacturing management training to its staff aimed at helping them to become world-class leaders in the industry, and all participants are encouraged to pursue Chartered Chemical Engineer status. Close to 100 of Exxon’s chemical engineers at Fawley and Fife are already Chartered, with 50 graduates at these sites actively pursuing Chartered status, supported by 35 mentors.

ExxonMobil has established strong links with 12 chemical engineering departments at UK universities, to recruit graduates. It typically offers 26 industrial placements in the field each year, and runs an eight-week summer programme at Fawley and Fife. The annual initiative provides those 28 students with a valuable opportunity to make a positive contribution to a real business project, focusing on process safety.

The award of the IChemE Gold Corporate Partner status also reflects the company’s strong commitment to the next generation of chemical engineers. Each year ExxonMobil participates in a number of science, maths, engineering and technology (STEM) engagement activities with young people from secondary school age right through to university.

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