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Teens forsake uni to be paid trainee scientists
5:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
TWO Oxfordshire teenagers are celebrating after finding out that they will start work as trainee scientists next month.
William Jones of Wantage and Alice Gann, of Henley beat 100 other applicants to win places at Reading Scientific Services.
The two 18-year-olds got the go-ahead after achieving the A-Level grades they needed.
Mr Jones studied at King Alfred’s Academy in Wantage and Ms Gann at Henley College.
The two, plus another teenager from Berkshire, will carry on studying through a day-release programme.
During the two-year traineeship, they will work towards becoming registered science technicians.
They will train on the job in analytical chemistry, microscopy, DNA analysis, physical chemistry and new product formulation.
This is the first year of the scheme and there are plans to repeat it in 2014.
Sarah Marshall, commercial operations manager at RSSL, said: “University is not for everyone. Our candidates would easily have secured a place but preferred the option of a salary, further part-time studies and relevant commercial experience over a purely academic course.”
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