BUDDING chemists have been given a boost after a leading firm became the latest to back an apprenticeship scheme.
Hartlepool-based Huntsman Pigments is the latest high-profile sponsor to support TTE Technical Training Group’s Young Scientist Advanced Apprenticeship.
The scheme helps to address the need for new entrants into industrial scientific careers.
The apprenticeship is designed to give young people the opportunity to develop a wide range of laboratory skills while studying part-time towards a degree in applied chemistry at Teesside University.
Candidates need an A-level in chemistry or the equivalent to be accepted onto the university course.
Young scientists also receive a salary of around £11,000 a year while training.
The apprentices are employed by TTE, which has training centres at South Bank, in Middlesbrough, and Wilton International, for the first two years’ training, while being based almost exclusively on-site with their sponsor company.
Huntsman Pigments join Johnson Matthey, DuPont Teijin Films UK (DTF) and Lucite International as key apprenticeship sponsors.
Huntsman’s learning and development manager, Bob Elsdon, said: “The young scientist apprenticeship is playing a part in addressing the skills gap that is appearing in our industry.
“As experienced personnel retire, it is vital that new entrants can be equipped with the skills required to become effective members of the future workforce.”