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News ReleaseApplications Open for Hersham/Basingstoke Students to Experience Life as an Engineer

10/02/2020 Hersham, UK

Secondary school pupils from the Hersham and Basingstoke areas will have the chance to leave the classroom and become engineers for a week, as Hersham-based Air Products (NYSE: APD), a world leading industrial gas company, has opened applications for its annual engineering work experience programme.

A group of 20 students will have the opportunity to visit the firm’s European Headquarters from 22 to 26 June to get a taste of what it’s like to work at a global engineering company.  The invitation to apply has been extended to all Year 10 to Year 13 students and details of the programme have been distributed to all schools within the local area.

As part of the five full days of engineering activities, attendees will gain useful experience to put towards a career in chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering. They will spend a day exploring an operating plant, develop essential skills valued by employers, shadow a real-life Air Products’ engineer and meet recent engineering graduates to learn about their experiences.

Mike Cawthra, Technical Manager Operations, Air Products Europe said: “It’s vital to encourage the next generation to consider a career in engineering, so the industry can continue to evolve with fresh thinking and bright ideas.  To do that, we need to open our doors to students at a young age and show them how exciting and varied an engineering career can be.

“Work experience programmes such as ours give students an insight into the diverse careers engineering has to offer to both boys and girls.  We want to show people that the ‘man in a hard hat’ perception of engineers is completely inaccurate as opportunities exist for everyone. There are so many avenues for students to explore and we’re delighted to be able to give them a first look.”

Anyone interested in applying should send a CV and cover letter to by Sunday 1 March.


About Air Products 
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for nearly 80 years. Focused on serving energy, environment and emerging markets, the Company provides essential industrial gases, related equipment and applications expertise to customers in dozens of industries, including refining, chemical, metals, electronics, manufacturing, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the global leader in the supply of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company develops, engineers, builds, owns and operates some of the world's largest industrial gas projects, including gasification projects that sustainably convert abundant natural resources into syngas for the production of high-value power, fuels and chemicals.

The Company had fiscal 2019 sales of $8.9 billion from operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of about $50 billion. More than 17,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from diverse backgrounds are driven by Air Products’ higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2019.




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