Children from schools local to Essar’s Stanlow refinery took part in a special visit to Cheshire College South and West in Ellesmere Port.
The visit was organised through Essar’s partnership with Passion for Learning, a local charitable organisation working to support primary school age children. The aim was to help children develop their understanding of industry in the local area and the science on which it is founded.
Passion for Learning also wants children to discover more about the world around them, using fun and exciting learning opportunities as a way of helping them to explore their own future ambitions and aspirations.
One of the highlights for the youngsters was meeting up with the college’s travel and tourism students, who treated them to a VIP experience on board the aircraft body which they use as part of their studies.
With the support of staff from Essar, the children also took part in a number of interactive games and activities behind the science of Stanlow, helping to explain how aviation fuel is produced and supplied from the refinery.
They had fun trying on safety suits and lifejackets, carrying out scientific experiments, and taking part in quizzes.
Darryl Pickering, headteacher at Cambridge Road Primary, said: “We were delighted by the opportunity to send a group of children on this visit, which was totally unique and unlike anything they had experienced before.”
Essar sponsors Passion for Learning’s volunteers at both Cambridge Road and Elton Primary schools and were keen to help the children develop some of the knowledge around the STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and maths) which are necessary to work in their industry.