Work Group and Industrial Oleochemical Products (IOP) have entered into a community engagement partnership targeting high school pupils from grade nine to grade 11.
The programme aims to provide pupils with an overview of IOP’s chemical manufacturing processes, thereby creating or enhancing their interest in maths and science, and motivating them to excel in these subjects.
The pupils will get a chance to visit IOP’s site in Jacobs and see science and mathematics being applied in creating the starting blocks for raw materials that are found in a range of products used in the mining, paper, paint and rubber industries.
Martin Godbolt, managing director of IOP, said that his company’s interest in education has always been a key pillar in its community and people development engagements.
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“IOP and its sister companies in the AECI Group have offered learnerships, apprenticeships and bursaries for many years. The partnership with Work Group is aligned with this approach in that it provides young people with insight into our industry and the potential career paths available to them,” he said.
Clive Strydom, national organiser of Work Group, added when they look at community development, too often they tend to complicate matters and although a holistic approach is required, they need to firstly begin with understanding stakeholders and their requirements.
“Partnerships like the one we have with IOP and other organisations can add great value in re-engineering our communities into that what we envision,” said Strydom.
The pilot phase of the programme kicked off with pupils from Fairvale Secondary School and once fully rolled out, it will have a positive impact on all local high schools from the fence line community of Wentworth.