Five newly trained Registered Science Technicians secure their first jobs

Five newly trained Registered Science Technicians have landed their first jobs after completing a two-year programme endorsed by the IST.

Mark Jones, Peter Trend, Fahmi Mohammad, Mohammed Khan and Jack Powell were the first people to finish the Technician Trainee Programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

All five became Registered Science Technicians while completing the course and have now got permanent jobs at the University.

The programme has had interest from other universities as far away as China. Trainees work in a number of different departments to become experienced technicians with a range of skills.

It was designed by technicians in the Faculty of Engineering and is managed by Geoffrey Howell, MIScT RSciTech, who sits on the IST’s Education Board.

There are six other trainees still completing the course, with four more starting in the summer. A similar scheme is running in the University’s Faculty of Science, with the first apprentice technicians due to finish early next year.

Left: The five technicians are awarded certificates for completing their training by Dr Malcolm Butler, Director of Operations in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield. From top to bottom, they are Fahmi Mohammad, Mohammed Khan, Mark Jones, Jack Powell and Peter Trend.