Sir Charles Kao students go to GSK research facility

Communities / Wed 30th Sep 2015 at 04:20pm

UTC at GSKON 29th September four sixth form students from the Sir Charles Kao University Technical College enjoyed an afternoon of activities at GSK’s Harlow research facility.

Sir Charles Kao UTC, a new state funded technical academy for 14-19 year olds, works in partnership with a number of local and national employers to deliver their specialisms – Medical Technology and Smart Environments. Along with GlaxoSmithKline, they also work with Pearson, Anglia Ruskin University, Johnson Controls and Raytheon.

The Year 13 students experienced a range of demonstrations and tours which illustrate the process of developing a tablet for use in a clinical trial.

The event was hosted by Dr Paul Westlake, who is the GSK-nominated governor at the college. Paul said

“UTCs provide students aged 14 to 18 with an opportunity to specialise in science and engineering. A business ethos and close involvement of local employers is a key part of the UTC value proposition.

“To compete successfully in the global economy, the UK has an ongoing need to build a pipeline of early talent in science and engineering. I’m really delighted that GSK is sponsoring the Sir Charles Kao University Technical College as part of this effort.

“GSK’s apprentices played a key role in the organisation and delivery of the day, which is testimony to the key role they play in our business.”

John, a Year 13 student at Sir Charles Kao UTC who attended the trip said:

“I had a fantastic time at GSK today and I’m honoured to have been given the opportunity to view their work in practice. I am always thankful for the time and effort GSK give to us at the UTC”

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