Scientific talent snapped up by ALS

Apprentices (from left) Patrick Ford, Tim Digby and Ross Woodhouse with mentors (from left) Lisa Smalley, Lisa Salisbury and Ailsa Mould.
Apprentices (from left) Patrick Ford, Tim Digby and Ross Woodhouse with mentors (from left) Lisa Smalley, Lisa Salisbury and Ailsa Mould.
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A Fenland company is looking to recruit the best of local scientific talent and has taken on three apprentices.

The apprentices, who are all under 19, have been employed by ALS in Chatteris and are completing a Basic Laboratory Skills apprenticeship at The College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn.

ALS is one of the world’s largest and most diversified analytical testing service providers and last year acquired Eclipse Scientific.

The largest site in the ALS Food and Pharmaceutical UK Group is based in Chatteris. The site is made up of a number of laboratory areas testing food samples for nutritional labelling, vitamins and additives, contaminants, allergens, microbiological spoilage organisms and pathogens.

The apprentices – Patrick Ford, Tim Digby and Ross Woodhouse – will complete five block weeks at college per year, completing work based projects and practical assessments. Their mentors Lisa Smalley, Lisa Salisbury and Ailsa Mould support their progress at work and on their college portfolios.

When working at ALS, the apprentices rotate between microbiology, nutritional chemistry and sample preparation, allowing them to be flexible to meet peaks in workload in different teams and gain a wider understanding of the overall business.

Further to this ALS is expanding their operations at Chatteris, which may lead to more apprenticeship and other employment opportunities in 2014.