Crawley (UK) STEMNET partnership

Case Study

SD STEM recognition CGG was recognized in 2014 at the House of Lords as UK Most Dedicated STEM employer

Challenge

Inspire young people in the UK to study and pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects.

Background

During the past 10+ years, CGG discovered that it was harder than before to find enough suitable students to fill its positions. This was affecting not just CGG, but the whole of the UK business community and in response the UK Government created a new, high profile initiative to promote STEM subjects called STEMNET.

Solution

STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) is an independent charity funded by the UK & Scottish Government and the Gatsby Charitable, whose ambition is to make communities aware of the diverse and rewarding career paths in STEM by showcasing innovative and engaging projects from local businesses. With the STEM Ambassador scheme, an ambassador program supported by STEM Network, companies and their volunteered employees can join the effort.

CGG became involved in the STEMNET Ambassador program in 2010 and as part of its commitment CGG has been involved in the hugely successful Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang South-east Fair since their conception in 2012, up until 2017 CGG were the headline sponsor, moving to zone sponsor in 2017.

TO DATE CGG CRAWLEY HAVE HAD 47 STEM AMBASSADORS.  IN TOTAL THEY HAVE VOLUNTEERED NEARLY 1,400 HOURS OF THEIR TIME, EQUIVALENT TO ~180 WORKING DAYS.

 

 SD STEM jelly bean
CGG six-meter-long jelly-bean wave machine
illustrating wave propagation

They contribute an enormous amount of time and creativity towards inspiring young people to pursue STEM subjects. They take part in workshops and careers days in schools and colleges, host half-day visits by students and are involved in TeenTech and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) events. They also actively take part in The Big Bang Fair, creating animations like chocolate bar “rock property” demonstrations or six-meter-long jelly-bean wave machines!

Results

Since joining the STEM Ambassador program CGG STEM Ambassadors have extended one-to-one contact with just over 39,000 students and around 1,700 teachers. According to Peter Whiting, CGG’S UK Country Manager, these people are true ambassadors for CGG and it’s very satisfying to see our company making such a positive impact within the local community.

The 2017 Big Bang South-east Fair gathered 205 companies’ together to provide over 262 STEM related activities for more than 8,900 students and Teachers  from 178 schools (vs. 1,980 students from 71 schools in 2012). This fair is now firmly established as an annual fun and 'STEM subject' inspirational day for young people.  Due to its amazing success and increasing demand from schools/students and families in 2018 the Big Bang South-east will be expanding to cover two days rather than one at the South of England Showground.

Being the headline sponsor of the STEMfest & Big Bang Fair South-East has raised CGG company profile, not only in the local area with schools and government, but also nationally with CGG winning the “UK Most Dedicated STEM employer” award at the UK’s 2014 STEM Network Awards ceremony held at the House of Lords, London. 

This project is a mid to long term project as CGG would not expect the benefits until after students have graduated from University (in four or five years). However, some applicants are already starting to mention that they heard of CGG through STEM activities.

 

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