Science education and Pfizer Ambassadors
Our investment in UK science is not restricted to the work we do in our research and manufacturing sites but also integrated into our community programme. We have a long standing commitment to the development the UK Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and life sciences education agendas.
We have been a member of the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) since its inception in 2012. SIP is a consortium of 100 companies engaged in science and was formed in response to an initiative by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to encourage employers to play a more active part in shaping skills and careers.
A key element of our SIP programme is the volunteering activity of our SIP Ambassadors. Taking part in school visits and science fairs, Ambassadors use their knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to bring to life what a career in science can bring. Ambassadors not only inspire young people, they support teachers in the classroom, contribute to the local community and at the same time boost their own professional skills, experience and confidence.
Pfizer SIP Ambassadors are part of the wider STEM programme (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), which operates nationwide.
There are now 37 Pfizer colleagues in the UK who are active Science Industry Partnership (SIP) Ambassadors. They have been involved in 127 days of SIP careers activity since January 2012 - helping to inspire young people about the work we do and to consider a career in science.
In 2015 we initiated a new 18 month training programme for colleagues who wish to become SIP Ambassadors, increasing our capacity to run our inspiring science careers workshops around the country.
We also created a closer link between our ‘I am Science’ campaign and our SIP volunteering programme. ‘I am Science’ is designed to improve public understanding of our industry and what goes into making medicines. It celebrates scientists’ achievements and is designed to inspire future generations of science and business leaders.
In combining the content from our ‘I Am Science’ campaign and the skills of our SIP Ambassadors we have created an engaging new element for our schools outreach that highlights what goes into the making of medicines. This facilitated workshop takes participants on an interactive journey through the process of turning a molecule into a medicine.
Participants have to demonstrate teamwork, decision making skills and effective budgeting in order to successfully complete the session. They gain an understanding of the breadth of skills and roles required in the molecule to medicine process. It also highlights the personal reward of working in an area that can make such a difference to people’s lives.
PP-PFE-GBR-0140/Date of preparation: June 2016