A £2,000 prize fund to inspire Teesside’s scientists, engineers and mathematicians of the future has been presented to Saltburn’s Huntcliff School by global chemical giant SABIC.

The way studying STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) can help to carve out a successful career within Teesside’s industrial sector was highlighted during an assembly with 500 of the school’s pupils.

The secondary school was chosen as the recipient for the £2,000 prize fund that SABIC won as part of its success as Manufacturer of the Year in the NEPIC Awards run by the North East Process Industry Cluster.

The school will use the prize fund to work with SABIC on a science and engineering project delivered by SABIC’s Technology and Innovation department.

Along with SABIC site director John Bruijnooge, NEPIC chief executive Dr Stan Higgins and Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive of award sponsors Middlesbrough College also talked to the students about the importance of studying STEM subjects.

John Bruijnooge said: “I was delighted to meet the pupils, some of whom may be our employees of the future. I hope we were able to inspire them to believe that they can have a great career right here on Teesside if they study and work hard.

“We look forward to forging closer links with the school and to working on our science and engineering project with the pupils later in the year.”

Zoe Lewis said: “Manufacturing is a key part our regional economy, and not least in the chemical processing companies that NEPIC represents.

“As the leading training provider in our area, we work closely with manufacturing firms to make sure they have the skills to deliver the innovative and sustainable products our region is renowned for. Middlesbrough College’s sponsorship of the Manufacturer of the Year Award is recognition of this.”

The NEPIC Manufacturer of the Year Award was one of three awards won by SABIC over the past eight months.  

The company, which has Teesside sites at both Wilton and North Tees, also won the Chemical Industries Association’s Company of the Year Award and the Manufacturer of the Year category in the Teesside leg of the North East Business Awards.