Eighty A‑Level students from Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington visited CPI’s National Biologics Manufacturing Centre on 25th April to find out more about the wide range of careers available in science and in business. CPI staff were joined by Colin Fyfe, CEO of Darlington Building Society, and his team, to talk about the many different job roles that can be found in both companies. As well as Scientists, Engineers, Mortgage Advisors and Branch Managers, students met a Human Resources Manager, a Solicitor, a Marketing Manager, and a PA / Events Organiser.
A large part of the afternoon was given over to a speed networking event, where groups of students met ten CPI and Darlington Building Society employees in turn, and had a chance to ask questions about the qualifications needed for each role, what a typical working day is like, and the opportunities for career development at both companies. ‘Students don’t often get the chance to go into a business and understand the different career paths that may be open to them.” said Dr Chris Dowle, Director of Future Business, Healthcare, for CPI. “We were very happy to welcome QE students and staff to CPI to get a very brief flavour of the work we do here and the different kinds of scientific and other skills we need to run our business.”
Amanda Leslie, Employer Links Co-ordinator at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College said; “The ‘Business meets Science’ event was a great opportunity for students to meet industry professionals, gain an insight into two different organisations and the roles within them. Students found the speed networking session exciting and challenging and it was an enormous boost to their confidence. As a result of taking part, Ben Curran, has secured a fantastic work placement with Darlington Building Society.”