Graduates are being given the opportunity to work with one of the globes biggest biotechnology firms.
Randox Laboratories, in partnership with Queen’s University, Belfast, is offering STEM and Business Management students a chance to reach the top, with a new industrial training programme.
Today they kick started Randox Apex, a scheme which will create up to 40 opportunities each year, for full time undergraduate students at Queen’s.
The industrial training will see selected students awarded paid, full-time summer work experience throughout their degree, a paid placement for their Professional Experience Year and after graduation, they will be offered jobs with Randox, subject to gaining a 2:1 or above.
First year students from the Schools of Management; Electronics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EEECS); Mathematics & Physics; Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the School of Chemistry, will be eligible to apply to Randox Apex.
Randox Apex students will be placed in divisions spanning the breadth of the company and in various locations; from Randox’s headquarters in Crumlin; to its high-spec forensics laboratory in Manchester; to its flagship diagnostics clinic in London and the new Randox Science Park in Antrim, opportunities at Randox Teoranta in Donegal and at Randox’s facility in the Greater Washington area, USA, could also be available.
The aim is to develop skills across the board said Randox Human Resources Manager Linda Magee.
She added: “Students accepted onto Randox Apex will be working with and learning from the best, across a range of departments within their discipline.
“They might be assisting our ground-breaking research into tests for cancer, kidney disease and Alzheimer’s, they could be working on engineering cutting edge diagnostic technology, they’ll have the opportunity to experience a busy forensics laboratory, or they could be joining our business development teams as they expand the Randox footprint across the globe.
“We are delighted to be partnering Queen’s in this new programme and look forward to nurturing new generations of pioneering scientists, engineers and business leaders.”
Randox Apex at Queen’s Student Guidance Hub, Professor David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, added: “At Queen’s we are committed to providing an exceptional student experience and high quality education that leads to excellent career opportunities for our graduates.
“This exciting training scheme, run in partnership with Randox Laboratories, will offer our STEM and Business Management students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and skills, test themselves in the workplace, and prove they have the attributes needed to gain employment at one of Northern Ireland’s most pioneering companies.”