School pupils step into science at Skills Show at Windsor College

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Over 100 budding young scientists from local schools, including Windsor Girls School and Westgate School in Slough, took part in a special Skills Show at Windsor College on Tuesday (17th June). Organised in partnership with Learning to Work, the event gave young people a practical insight into career paths in the science industry and a chance to meet with leading local businesses.

Designed to raise awareness of the wide range of local career opportunities in the science sector, the event featured presentations and Q&A sessions from UCB, Lonza Biologics, Premier Foods, AkzoNobel, Cogent and East Berkshire College.

Providing hands-on activities related to employment, the event gave pupils an opportunity to engage with employers and East Berkshire College to access advice on the careers and courses available to them. They even had the chance to 'have a go' at a number of experiments and analysis techniques such as chromatography separation and DNA extraction.

Windsor Girls School pupil, Georgina McGlasson (17), said: "It was great to talk to businesses about the options open to me after my A Levels and take part in some practical experiments. I'd never been to Windsor College before, but the science labs there are really modern and everyone was very friendly."

Clare Arnold from Lonza Biologics, which is based in Slough and currently employs apprentices through the College, was one of the guest speakers at the event.

Clare explains: "In this area, we are lucky enough to have a large science-based industry on our doorstep, so it's important to raise awareness of the variety of opportunities available to young people. There are lots of routes into careers in science, not just university. As a leading global laboratory, we have opportunities at various levels including apprenticeships."

The event was funded by the Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) who has been awarded funding from the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency to deliver with its partners a programme of inspiring and interactive events throughout the Thames Valley that will raise awareness of skills, training and apprenticeships, as part of the Thames Valley Skills Show Experience www.thamesvalleyskillsshow.co.uk

From medical science to physics, East Berkshire College offers a wide range of science courses, which include GCSE pathways, A Levels, BTEC programmes and Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4).

The College works closely with employers of all sizes to meet their training needs and even helps businesses recruit apprentices. To find out more about hiring an apprentice, contact East Berkshire College on 01753 443855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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