Schoolchildren inspired by aviation experience 

“Essar was pleased to work with Passion for Learning to deliver this aviation experience for local children,” said Ian Cotton, head of communications
Children from schools local to Essar’s Stanlow refinery recently participated 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.  

One of the highlights for the children was meeting up with the travel and tourism students, who treated them to a VIP experience on board the aeroplane body which they use as part of their studies. The children relished the onboard aircraft experience, aided by audio effects to make it close to a real flying adventure.  

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. The children had fun trying on safety suits and lifejackets, carrying out scientific experiments, and taking part in quizzes.  

Essar, which sponsors Passion for Learning’s volunteers at two local primary schools, was 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.