Apprenticeship Programme

The Developing Science Professionals programme was created to provide an alternative option to companies to graduate recruiting. For the very first time, it supplies technical, scientific and laboratory workers with the opportunity to gain qualifications up to graduate level, with the inclusion of hands on experience gained through work.
The programme can help you to nurture a talent pool of varied employees that will go on to play a key function within your company.

The Developing Science Professionals programme is underpinned by an overarching Higher Apprenticeship (HA) for Life Sciences & Chemical Science Professionals. The HA framework includes six pathways; Healthcare Science, Chemical Science, Process Development, Packaging Development, Life Sciences and Food Science.

The HA for Life Sciences & Chemical Science Professionals framework contains qualifications that are sufficiently elastic to permit the learner and their company to choose modules that best fulfill the needs of the job role, whilst supplying the universal knowledge and competences that are needed at each level.

New Science Jobs: The Development of 3D Printing Materials

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, encompasses a number of techniques by which a substance is deposited in a layer-by-layer fashion to create a larger 3D construction. A diversity of components (sugars, thermoplastics, photopolymers, glass, metal oxides, and ceramics,to name a few) are used to make 3D printed objects. Of these, thermoplastics are the most common for home enthusiasts and experimental laboratories due to the high number of available printers that apply these techniques, due to the simplicity of use, and price of the printers.

Despite their popularity, their use continues to be mainly confined to producing tools that assist in performing research rather than creating structures which are areas of research. This is particularly true for the chemical sciences. That’s not to say that chemists and materials scientists have not discovered innovative ways to use 3D printing to advance their areas of endeavor.

While 3D printing holds great promise for improving chemistry and materials science, this has not been realised with the ubiquitous thermoplastic printers. The advancement of the materials used as filament in plastic printers has largely been restricted to a few types of plastic. The advancement and refinement of these plastics is increasing over the last few years as commercial producers attempt to improve both the quality and properties of the plastics available for 3D printers. Some notable improvements include printable polycarbonate with superior strength and the addition of coatings to facilitate smoother printing. While others have experimented with adding nanoparticles to change the properties and behaviour of the plastic and find new uses for 3D printing.