Serco offers opportunities for right candidates

1:30pm Monday 7th May 2012 in News

THE science industry can offer the unemployed opportunities in a stagnant jobs market, according to experts.

Speaking after a Serco conference at the Lymm Hotel, officials said it was recruiting for various roles in the north west within its science community.

Jonathan Brown, managing director of Serco Energy, said: “Science is for everybody. You don’t have to come from university into our industry. But what you must have is a love of science, a real aptitude and a passion for making a difference.”

There are currently 30 vacancies across a range of sectors in the company’s portfolio.

Positions for new graduates and experienced professionals are available in fields such as physics, psychology, engineering and business.

Serco also offers apprenticeships for those who feel they may not be suitably qualified.

Mr Brown said: “We don’t have any difficulties in filling those places, but we want people with the right ideals, behaviours and attitude to safety and work.

“We’re looking for those who bring something more than just being a good scientist.”

Some opportunities can be found at Serco’s base on Birchwood Park where £5 million a year is spent on the laboratories.

The company’s clients include EDF energy, Ministry of Defence, Toshiba and Rolls Royce but bosses say there is also a focus on helping the community in Warrington.

Increasing interest in science in schools is also part of Serco’s philosophy.

Mr Brown said that a lack of interest in science at high schools is a concern.

“It’s about when they are five years old and getting excited about a car, then they’ve got the bug,” he said.

“Getting them interested is the thing we do get involved in.”

Serco employee Luke Carter urged youngsters to consider science as a career option.

“Young people don’t realise where science can take you,” he said.

“You don’t need to work for NASA – come to Serco.”

Paul Champion
Strategic Project Manager

Mobile: 07540 704920

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