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About 3M

A quarter of the world's population use our products in some way, shape or form. That's 1.7 billion people! In fact, on average, one of us will come into contact with a 3M product or technology 100 times a day, that's a little bit of us every fifteen minutes.

There's so much we could say when we are asked about our company - but let's keep things simple. We are a science-based technology company that is committed to improving lives and doing business in the right way - which is why we have been listed as a World's Most Ethical Company for three years in succession. And we love applying our science to creating products that, in big ways and small, make things better in some way. Helping people to be safe. Making them more productive. Protecting their health. Safeguarding the environment. And we have an insatiable appetite for meeting the world's ever-changing challenges.

3M in the UK & Ireland

The UK & Ireland is home to one of the largest subsidiaries outside of the USA, employing 2500+ people across 20 locations, including 8 manufacturing sites. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems and high-performance coatings.

What are we looking for?

Curiosity. Problem solving skills. Honesty. Integrity. And a sharp mind is useful, too. Equally, though, we look for people who will fit into our highly collaborative organisation, where help and is support is sought freely and given generously. From day one you will be given the opportunity to flourish by joining a diverse group of people, whose ideas are transforming the future.

3M’s unique culture means that your role doesn't end within the boundaries of your department; rather, you will be encouraged to explore areas of particular interest to you and be given opportunities to network across 3M’s functions on a global scale.

We will also give you every opportunity to develop your skills and confidence by providing a structured and organised training scheme, enabling you to really make the most of your time with us. 3M also believes in giving something back, so you will be encouraged and supported to volunteer for a local community project.

But it’s not all about work. While 3M supports the professional side of your life, we also recognise the importance of your social life and achieving a healthy work/life balance. We therefore offer flexible working and organise social events so you can not only expand your personal network but, just as importantly, enjoy yourself!


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"3M clearly invests and values it placement and graduate schemes. Not only do the divisions train their students up to permanent employee level with according responsibility but they also include about 10-15 insight training days to help enrich their students. " Read full review


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  • Placement Year (10 Months+)

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