P&G in­vites school leavers to ap­ply for sci­ence ap­pren­tice­ship scheme

The Wokingham Paper - - BUSINESS - By TAZ USHER tusher@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

A GLOBAL com­pany is of­fer­ing school leavers the chance to gain hands on ex­pe­ri­ence in its Read­ing lab.

Proc­ter and Gam­ble (P&G), provider to brands in­clud­ing Pan­tene, Ariel and Gil­lette, is search­ing for aspir­ing sci­en­tists to join its ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme based at its Read­ing In­no­va­tion Cen­tre.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will work across mul­ti­ple busi­ness units such as Groom­ing, Health Care, Oral Care and beauty care while gain­ing a Level 3 Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­ni­cian qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Since launch­ing three years ago, the scheme has seen ap­pren­tices com­plete their qual­i­fi­ca­tion be­fore go­ing on to se­cure per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment with the firm.

Ap­pren­tice­ship spon­sor

Erica Hodg­son said: “In 2017, we broad­ened our R&D re­cruit­ment cri­te­ria to al­low us to iden­tify and train ‘hands on’ sci­en­tific tal­ent to join our re­searcher track.

“It quickly be­came clear that via the Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­ni­cal Ap­pren­tice­ship we could of­fer job spe­cific train­ing, whilst the ap­pren­tices were also able to gain a Level 3 ap­pren­tice­ship qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“We de­vel­oped an in­ter­nal train­ing pro­gram, de­signed to give the ap­pren­tices the op­por­tu­ni­ties that they need to gain their qual­i­fi­ca­tion as well as de­liv­er­ing against real needs within our R&D projects.

“For the com­pany to be suc­cess­ful, it is crit­i­cal that we con­tinue to in­vest in and nur­ture prac­ti­cal lab­o­ra­tory skills; al­low­ing us to quickly turn ideas into re­al­ity and gen­er­ate crit­i­cal sci­en­tific in­sights that will drive our next gen­er­a­tion of in­no­va­tion”.

Ap­pren­tice Emma Dick­ens said: “I al­ways en­joyed sci­ence at school and knew it was some­thing I would want to do for a ca­reer.

“I be­lieved that do­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship would bet­ter train me for a job in sci­ence than just do­ing A Lev­els. Dur­ing the as­sess­ment day I man­aged to find out a lot about the com­pany and what it stood for.

“I was able to ask all the ques­tions I had; it was as much about me find­ing out what the ap­pren­tice­ship would be like as them in­ter­view­ing me.”

Tayler Rhodes, who has also com­pleted the scheme, added: “Dur­ing my ap­pren­tice­ship I worked on a wide va­ri­ety of projects which en­abled me to broaden my skill set within the work­place as well as ap­ply­ing dif­fer­ent as­pects of my BTEC to my work.

“All the work that

I com­pleted was for a real busi­ness need and I felt fully in­cluded in the com­pany from day one.

“There was a wide sup­port net­work rang­ing from man­age­ment team to project su­per­vi­sors, who would go above and be­yond to try and an­swer ev­ery ques­tion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme or to ap­ply log on to www.find­ap­pren­tice­ship.ser­vice.g ov.uk/ap­pren­tice­ship/-526271

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