Almac Outreach Programme
Almac endeavours to promote STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), particularly science at all levels within schools, colleges and universities. Consequently we proactively encourage visits, tours and placements as part of our commitment to generating continued interest and enthusiasm in these disciplines.
To ensure these opportunities are available equally to as many schools, colleges, universities and individuals as possible, we adopt a structured and focused approach to these events which is managed by our cross divisional Outreach Working Group.
Our Outreach Programme
At Almac we adopt a proactive approach to our outreach opportunities, only offering times that suit the organisation operationally, thereby allowing us to be more strategic in our planning.
Each academic year a calendar of visits and placement dates is agreed and publicised via the careers section of the Almac website.This calendar of events will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis.
Our STEM Ambassadors
The Almac outreach programme exists to promote STEM subjects as an exciting career for young people, and our STEM Ambassadors play a key role in the success of this.
STEM ambassadors are Almac employees who are keen to promote STEM subjects and the associated career pathways and give up their time to visit schools, deliver presentations to school groups, facilitate onsite visits and host work experience placements.
Almac hosts a number of career outreach sessions onsite for AS and A-Level students throughout the academic year. These prove to be very popular with schools that are keen to promote the key areas of the STEM curriculum and to highlight career opportunities within our sector. Many of the students are accompanied by teachers who gain an insight into both the company and the potential career possibilities available, providing them with valuable information which can then be taken back to the classroom.
We aim to run a minimum of five school visit sessions throughout each academic year. The three hour sessions include presentations, Q&A sessions and site tours, accommodating up to 30 participants on each session.
Please note that in an attempt to address skills gaps within our workforce, all school visits are aimed solely at those studying science at A-level with priority given to those studying Chemistry.
“…My sixth-form pupils have just returned from the visit to Almac this morning and are ‘buzzing’ with enthusiasm. They thoroughly enjoyed it….”
Ann Marie O’Reilly, Head of Chemistry, St Patrick’s Academy who attended an Almac career outreach event
School Visit Calendar 2017
|Tuesday 7th March 2017||10.00 – 13.00||5 student places and 1 teacher per school(30 attendees max, approximately 5 schools per visit)||Almac House, Seagoe Industrial Estate, Craigavon|
|Wednesday 5th April 2017||10.00 – 13.00||5 student places and 1 teacher per school(30 attendees max, approximately 5 schools per visit)||Almac House, Seagoe Industrial Estate, Craigavon|
|Tuesday 19th September 2017||10.00 – 13.00||5 student places and 1 teacher per school(30 attendees max, approximately 5 schools per visit)||Almac House, Seagoe Industrial Estate, Craigavon|
|Wednesday 18th October 2017||10.00 – 13.00||5 student places and 1 teacher per school(30 attendees max, approximately 5 schools per visit)||Almac House, Seagoe Industrial Estate, Craigavon|
|Tuesday 21st November 2017||10.00 – 13.00||5 student places and 1 teacher per school(30 attendees max, approximately 5 schools per visit)||Almac House, Seagoe Industrial Estate, Craigavon|
Work Experience Placements
Via our work experience placements we offer young people a fantastic opportunity to see for themselves what it is really like to work in an exciting industrial scientific environment.
We offer structured, informative and valuable work experience placements to AS and A-Level students across a range of disciplines and occupational areas. The placements range from one to three days and each placement has an allocated supervisor, a structured timetable and an evaluation process to ensure that the experience is of the highest standard.
Please note that work experience placement opportunities may be available across various areas of the business however in an attempt to address skills gaps within our workforce priority will be given to students studying STEM subjects at AS and A-Level.
Quote from a student on work experience with Almac:
“It showed me the kind of things that happen in a research lab—they had every day planned with something different for each day. The days were long and people were busy, but they always took time to explain what they were doing or what was going on. I am very grateful for the opportunity to go there.”
Our work experience placements run from January to March (inclusive) each year. To apply for a place on our work experience placement programme, please download and complete the School Work Experience Placement Application Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all work experience placements will be confirmed in writing directly with the relevant schools.
Please note that from the 31 Jan 2017 the Almac School Work Experience Placement Programme 2017 has closed and no new applications will be accepted.
University Industrial Placements
Spending a year of your degree course on an industrial placement with a world leader like Almac is every bit as challenging and stimulating as it sounds.
An Almac placement provides each student with an opportunity to learn some of the advanced techniques and practices that make Almac a world leader. The skills gained during a placement with us provide each student with the perfect base on which to ensure success during their final year of academic study and on which to build their future career.
In addition to the detailed professional development in discipline/module specific topics, students benefit from extensive personal development by carrying out all work during their placement in accordance with the Almac core competency framework.
Industrial placements are usually offered on a 12 month basis.
All university industrial placements are advertised on the careers section of the Almac website www.almacgroup.com/careers. All candidates will be required to complete an online application form via our Erecruit system. To access the online application form candidates must follow the link that appears on the relevant job advertisement.
At Almac we realise the pivotal role that teachers play in capturing the imagination of young people and promoting STEM subjects to the students who will become our future workforce.
As we are keen to invest in our future and shape the next workforce generation, we endeavour to increase the number of young people interested in studying STEM subjects and eventually pursuing a STEM based career through our commitment to the STEM Teacher Placement programme.
The Almac programme targets teachers of Science (primary focus), Technology, Engineering and Maths as well as those involved in assisting young people to shape their career plans.
During a teacher placement participants will benefit from:
• Gaining updated technical knowledge and developing links with business
• Gaining a better understanding of how Sciences, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths are used in an industrial setting
• Establishing important network contacts
• Developing potential contacts for further outreach activities (i.e. speakers)
• Expanding knowledge of potential STEM based careers options
• Gaining ideas, resources and materials for lesson plans
To apply for a place on our teacher placement programme, please download and complete the teacher placement application form and return it to email@example.com for consideration.
To register your interest in any of the above please download the appropriate form below. Completed forms should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Please note that submission of an application form is not confirmation of place on any of our outreach programmes. Confirmation of a place will be notified in writing by a member of our recruitment team.
Any queries in relation to outreach activities not detailed above (i.e. visits to schools, attendance at careers events etc) should be addressed via email to email@example.com