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Kittiwake Wins Education Award

Education award
Posted: 24/06/2010
The first annual Education Business Partnership (EPB) awards were held in May at Arundel Wetlands Centre and Kittiwake collected the best work experience placement award.  

Kittiwake has a long history with the EBP working to provide many open days for students, and more recently, work experience and student placements. 
 
The credit due for the work, which has been ongoing, is in Kittiwakes chemistry department, where specific work experience modules had been designed to test students, give them an insight to working in a laboratory environment and reduce supervision time whilst having students in the building.  This has resulted in a fully robust and comprehensive work experience programme, allowing multiple students to undertake a placement within the chemistry department each year.
 
Jacqui Scerri, (the Arun and Adur EBP co-ordinator) was happy to present the award to Paul Froome (Marketing Manager) and Ric Ellis (Chartered Chemist) who attended the award evening at the wetlands visitor centre: “I have visited Kittiwake several times over the years regarding their educational work, but recent efforts to improve work experience placements have risen to a new level” said Jacqui. She went on to say: “I would like to thank Kittiwake once again for your continued support.  My role is totally reliant on businesses understanding the importance of getting involved with local young people, especially in science based careers”.
 
Kittiwake has seen much interest in work experience placements over the last few months.  Back in September 2009, Kittiwake joined the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Partnership scheme to help promote and enhance the chemical sciences.  Recent press coverage from this and visits from the EBP team had quickly spread the word about  Kittiwake, and its placement designer and organizer, Ric Ellis is now turning down students on a regular basis due to demand: “I never dreamed it would be so popular, as a world leader in fuel and water testing, we have a duty to provide good work experience placements to potential scientists”.
 
The RSC were also pleased with the results.  RSC Marketing manager Andrew Scott had praise for Kittiwake: “Even the nomination is good news, let alone winning. I have been nothing but impressed with Kittiwake, here is a medium sized company who is having a real influence on younger people taking GSCE and A-Level science.  Chemistry really is at the heart of what they do”.
 
Kittiwake was nominated for the award from over 200 companies in the West Sussex area, narrowing it down to 21 from which Kittiwake was picked as the winner.  The EBP works with many companies in the West Sussex area, providing over 15,000 work experience placements each year alone. 


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