Johnson Matthey Champions Chemical Engineering Profession

By Chemical Processing Staff

Oct 24, 2016

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) presents Gold Corporate Partner status to specialty chemicals and technology company Johnson Matthey. The company was awarded IChemE Bronze Corporate Partner in 2014, after showing a clear commitment to the next generation of engineers with its accredited graduate training program, according to IChemE. The leap to Gold Corporate Partner is a result of further activity with young people and additional work championing chemical engineering professionalism.

Johnson Matthey employs over 560 chemical engineers worldwide, 300 of which work in the UK, and has contributed to chemical engineering employment opportunities in the North East, North West and South of the UK. Johnson Matthey’s engineers are encouraged to advocate for the profession through various volunteering activities with local schools and careers fairs. Its Process Engineering Development Program works with young people studying for their A-levels who are looking to pursue an engineering career. The company also works with university students in partnership with the British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association (BCECA). It continues to develop engineers during their employment with Johnson Matthey, providing mentors to help them achieve Chartered Chemical Engineer status.

The upgrade to Gold Partnership will see Johnson Matthey join BP (energy), Ingen (consultancy), KBR (hydrocarbon) and Shell (energy) in the top category of IChemE corporate partnership.

Johnson Matthey has pledged to work with IChemE on a video campaign to encourage more young engineers to become professionally chartered. It is also a finalist for Chemical Engineering Industry Project of the Year at the IChemE Global Awards 2016, which takes place on November 3.

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