Funding for life sciences student placements

Published: 21 October 2014

Scotland’s Life Sciences industry reports concerns that graduates are not adequately prepared for the world of work, particularly when it comes to their CVs.

Skills Development Scotland, Glasgow Economic Leadership (GEL) and the Scottish Life Sciences Association have joined forces to improve the calibre of CVs from Life Sciences graduates, and offer them work experience at Glasgow and Edinburgh Life Sciences companies.

The Life Sciences CV competition is for students in their first, second and third year of a Life Sciences subject at any Edinburgh or Glasgow institution. The students submit a CV that is judged by an expert industry panel. The sucessful candidates progress to interview stage and the winners are offered a 12-week work placement.

50% funding available to pay for placements

Skills Development Scotland will contribute £1,420 per placement, representing 50% of the placement cost. The remaining cost will be funded by the companies providing the placements.

And because the students have been through the stringent competition selection process, companies can be sure they are working with some of the strongest candidates coming out of higher education.

Karen Bingham of Biopta said: “This has been a positive placement experience - we extended our intern’s contract and also offered her part-time work once she returned to university.”

What’s next?

To find out more, contact Ronnie Palin, Sector Manager, Life Sciences on 0300 013 2784 or email.

 

Source: Skills Development Scotland

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