Industry: Construction & Manufacturing, Technology & Telecommunications Business Need: Diversity, Onboarding & Training, Recruiting & Efficiency

Through their Science Training Engagement (STEP) Program and partnerships with various schools and diversity-based organizations, 3M is able to target a diverse and talented group of high school students and pair them with the company’s scientists and matches them with employment opportunities in STEM.

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"Strengthening STEM education is a critical opportunity both to equip young people with the necessary skills to build a successful career and to advance scientific discoveries that will make the world safer, healthier and more prosperous. At 3M, we will continue to do our part to make this opportunity a reality."
Inge G. Thulin, Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer at 3M


In 2017, 3M is hoping to hire 12,000 employees in STEM-related fields. However, identifying and hiring diverse and qualified workers in STEM, manufacturing and production careers is a challenge for businesses nationwide.


Through the company’s new holistic approach, 3M is able to provide school-based initiatives, employment training opportunities, STEM awareness-raising programs, and funding for STEM education.  The leading program, STEP, provides local high school students from St. Paul, Minnesota job skills and valuable insights into working in STEM careers.  The Young Scientist Challenge also engages youth in the STEM field by challenging participants to develop a solution to a technological problem that impacts everyday life.


  • The development of diverse and high-potential leaders in STEM
  • Workplace full of innovative and productive employees
  • High level of global competitiveness for the business

Source: How CEOs Are Helping Close America’s Skills Gap. Business Roundtable Report. June 2017. p. 9

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