Royal Society of Chemistry and Cogent combine forces on future talent recruitment incentives


The Royal Society of Chemistry and Cogent have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to work in partnership to help small and medium-sized companies in the chemicals industry to recruit the best talent.

The agreement will see the Royal Society of Chemistry provide £400,000 of funding in the form of grants to enable companies to provide higher apprenticeship training for employees and to host industrial placements.

Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Apprenticeship Grants will offer funding up to £9,000 to support apprenticeships in small companies, whileRoyal Society of Chemistry Industrial Placement Grants will offer small companies funding up to £20,000 to host one-year placements for undergraduate students.

Cogent will promote the availability of these grants as well as recruitment support to companies seeking to build a skilled workforce byemploying talented young people.

Pauline Maden, Head of HE Operations, Cogent said: “we are delighted to be working with the Royal Society of Chemistry on this initiative to increase the number of talented young people working in small chemical sciences companies. Our mutual understanding of the importance of high quality education and training makes an excellent partnership and signing this agreement will serve to strengthen our collaboration.”

Clare Wilson, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s programme manager for small companies, said: “this funding will help companies increase the number of opportunities available for young people to start a career in the chemicals sector or in the chemical-using industries. Be it a young person beginning an apprenticeship or an undergraduate looking to increase their employability and put into practice what they’ve learned at university, this funding will enable small and medium-sized companies to recruit the talented and enthusiastic young scientists that will help grow their business.

“These grants are part of a wider programme of activities that the Royal Society of Chemistry is undertaking to support small businesses in the chemical sciences to develop and grow. As part of this programme, we recently launched a service called Enterprise Plus that provides micro, small and medium sized companies with vital information on funding opportunities and scientific developments as well as access to business expertise and relevant networks.”

Notes to editors

Criteria for Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Apprenticeship Grants and Industrial Placement Grants
These grants are available to organisations employing less than 250 members of staff. Careful consideration has been given to the application process so that it doesn’t become onerous.
Applications for Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Apprenticeship Grants applications need to show a clear plan for the future with progression routes mapped out for the apprentice. This scheme is a rolling programme and is now open for applications. http://www.rsc.org/sme/industrial-placement-grant.asp
For Royal Society of Chemistry Industrial Placements Grants, funding decisions will be biased towards evidence of strong academic merit. The closing date for this scheme is 31 January 2014. www.rsc.org/sme/industrial-placement-grant
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