On Wednesday 8th November, NAFIC opened its doors to over 130 science students from universities and colleges within Yorkshire & East Riding. The day itself provided the opportunity for students interested in careers in science to learn more about the employers on site, the work they do and the career opportunities available.

Many of the businesses on site have ambitious growth plans and as such it is critical to attract and secure the right talent to support their development, now and in the future. Our objective is to ensure that NAFIC is recognised as a centre of excellence for bioscience and that students are aware of the career opportunities available on their doorstep.

The day was introduced by Andrew Swift, Science Director at Capita, who welcomed our keynote speaker Angela Smith, MP for Penistone & Stocksbridge, alongside experts from Covance, Mologic, Animal and Plant Health Agency & FPCR. The students not only got to hear from the businesses on site, they also had the opportunity to network with the employers at the accompanying exhibition and during a guided tour of the NAFIC facility. This gave them a unique chance to look at the laboratories, see work in progress and speak to the scientists about their work.

Declared a resounding success, we will be looking to run the Science Careers Open Day as an annual event.