Work Experience Success
Work Experience Success
Work Experience Success for Treloar’s Top Science Students
Two pupils from Treloar College, in Alton, who have a keen interest in science and innovation, gained hands-on work experience with BTG – a specialist healthcare company.
Chloe and Dan are both first-class science students who are going to study degrees at university this September. BTG was approached by Treloar’s to arrange work placements for both students who spent four days at the company’s Camberley site to gain a better understanding of where a career in science could take them.
John Stone, Principal of Treloar College, said: ‘’Work experience is a vital part of students learning about life after Treloar’s and we are very fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of opportunities. We hope that BTG will continue to welcome students in the future as the students really enjoyed their experience and received excellent support and encouragement from the team.’’
The students spent two days in the labs with different teams to find out more about the Interventional Medicine and Pharmaceutical products that BTG delivers to specialist physicians and their patients. They were taken through the stages involved, including product development, the manufacturing process and some of the chemical processes, too. Activities undertaken involved the use of optical microscopy techniques as well as a demonstration and use of a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), hands-on experience with bead and foam products followed up with a demonstration and opportunity to generate nylon. The rest of the time was spent understanding the marketing, administration and education involved in the development of the medical products, and members of the leadership team also came by to see how they were enjoying the experience.
Chloe has just completed A-level Biology and combined science courses at Alton College and lives at Treloar’s where she receives support for complex medical conditions, including muscular dystrophy. Dan currently boards at Treloar’s during term time and has been studying at Alton College where he has just completed his AS ICT and the second year of a BTEC in Applied Science. Dan has spinal muscular atrophy type II.
When asked about her placement, Chloe said: “Everyone has been very welcoming and I’ve enjoyed learning about how all the equipment works and what it does. I definitely would like to work as a research scientist when I finish university and the practical experience I have gained at BTG has cemented my decision.”
Dan is going to attend Portsmouth University to study a BSc (Hons) in Biology and he said: “Work experience has given me a better insight into what I can do and I’ve seen that I have lots of options available. It’s good that I have a few years ahead of me to choose whether I’d prefer to work within a lab environment or take a more office-based scientific role. Sharon Small was our guide while we were in the labs and she explained everything so well and I enjoyed the whole experience.”
“It has been a delight to have Dan and Chloe with us for a few days and see their dedication and willingness to attempt any task we set them. Who knows what the future has in store for this talented pair and I’m certain that they will go on to achieve great things after graduating. We wish them well in their future careers,” added Julie Sayegh-Copeland, Office Manager at BTG’s Camberley site.
Chloe, Sharon and Dan with the BTG Team
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