IChemE announces GSK as its newest Gold Corporate Partner
15th May 2019
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has announced leading global healthcare company, GSK, as its newest Gold Corporate Partner. The organisation has demonstrated a clear commitment to inspiring the next generation of engineers, as well as enhancing the technical skills of its employees and supporting them to become professionally qualified.
GSK currently runs an Engineering Ambassador scheme which supports their chemical engineers in running schools outreach, to highlight the key role of chemical engineering in everyday life. The scheme aims to encourage students from primary school through to sixth form to consider careers in engineering. Workshops and experience days they have organised range from toothpaste manufacturing to DNA extraction.
GSK’s STEM work experience schemes in 2016 and 2017, in collaboration with the Prince’s Trust, saw more than 80 students in total, aged 16 to 24, experience chemical engineering in action through site tours, educational games and shadowing work.
The healthcare company provides both 12-month and summer placements to university graduates, and champions knowledge-sharing between industry and academia by sponsoring PhD programmes at the Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation Centre (CMAC) Future Manufacturing Research Hub. Its chemical engineers regularly contribute to journal articles, and present at technical conferences and symposiums.
GSK runs a successful IChemE Accredited Company Training Scheme (ACTS) for chemical engineers where 35 mentors support and guide its 61 graduates and early career engineers through their professional development. The company has a clear goal to encourage its staff to achieve professional qualifications across the organisation especially in scientific and technical areas.
At GSK, Luisa Freitas dos Santos, VP, Clinical Supply Chain, David Lynch, Head of Engineering and EHS, and Ian Kemp, Scientific Leader were presented with the Gold Corporate Partner recognition by IChemE’s Chief Executive, Jon Prichard, and IChemE’s Incoming Deputy President, Professor Stephen Richardson.
Jon Prichard, Chief Executive, IChemE, said:
“Through both its everyday work and its various outreach activities, GSK is demonstrating how the contribution of chemical engineers benefit society. It is through this work that they are inspiring the next generation of chemical engineers, advancing research areas, and developing new technologies. They actively support their employees in becoming Chartered Chemical Engineers and clearly recognise the importance of continued professional development. This is further demonstrated by the chemical engineers themselves, who offer their time so generously to IChemE as volunteer qualification assessors, technical advisors, and special interest group members.
“I’m delighted to welcome them as IChemE Gold Corporate Partners.”
Luisa Freitas Dos Santos, VP, Clinical Supply Chain, GSK said:
“We are delighted that IChemE has awarded GSK the Gold Corporate Partner status. This recognises our overall enhancement of the profession, supporting our engineers, participating in IChemE working groups to tackle specific discipline related objectives, and reaching out to the community to promote STEM education and encouraging future career choices in engineering. At GSK we support all our engineers to attain Chartered Chemical Engineer status and encourage them to contribute to nurturing the next generation of chemical engineers.”
Representatives of GSK and IChemE during the presentation of the Gold Corporate Partner Award in Stevenage, UK
For more information please contact:
Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435
Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484
Rachel Ingram, Communications Manager, GSK
t: +44 (0) 20 8990 2144
What is chemical engineering?
Chemical, biochemical and process engineering is the application of science, maths and economics in the process of turning raw materials into everyday, and more specialist, products. Professional chemical engineers design, construct and manage process operations all over the world. Oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, synthetic fibres and clean drinking water are just some of the products where chemical engineering plays a central role.
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) advances chemical engineering's contribution worldwide for the benefit of society. We support the development of chemical engineering professionals and provide connections to a powerful network of around 37,000 members in 100 countries.
We support our members in applying their expertise and experience to make an influential contribution to solving major global challenges, and are the only organisation to award Chartered Chemical Engineer status and Professional Process Safety Engineer registration.
More information: www.icheme.org
GSK is a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer.
More information: www.gsk.com