Belfast Telegraph

Big boost for young scientists

By David Elliot

Budding scientists will soon be able to take advantage of a new partnership between a Craigavon pharmaceutical company and Southern Regional College (SRC).

Almac announced yesterday it plans to create eight scientific apprenticeships for SRC students, starting in September this year.

The announcement was made at the opening of a new science laboratory at the college's Portadown campus and will see Almac providing two-year apprenticeships to 16 to 24 year-olds studying NVQ laboratory technician courses to Level 3.

Almac Sciences MD Stephen Barr said: "Almac is committed to the development of effective partnerships with Northern Ireland's schools, colleges and universities and working with SRC on this initiative to train local young people for science careers is a great example of this. For eight young people September will mark the start of an exciting two years which will see them gain extremely valuable experience."

Science has not been studied at the Portadown campus of SRC for over a decade and the new lab will also see the introduction of science courses ranging from adult returners to degree level courses in applied science.