Tara Aziz and Ben Miley were chosen by P&G in 2010 to follow the two year programme at its Newcastle Innovation Centre in Longbenton and will now work with the company to develop its large range of iconic global brands, which include Ariel, Pampers, Gillette and Olay.
Tara, from Cramlington, was chosen for the internship programme while studying a Foundation Degree in Analytical Chemistry at Newcastle College. The 23 year old has now been employed as a Senior Operator in Particle Characterisation after completing her training, which involved developing methods and analysing data, among other responsibilities.
Tara, who is currently studying a top-up Degree in Applied Sciences at Newcastle College, has also written standard operating procedures for P&G, which have been issued globally throughout the company.
She said: “Being chosen for P&G‘s internship programme was an amazing opportunity and I’m over the moon to be offered a full time role. If it wasn’t for Newcastle College I wouldn’t have known about the programme or had the right training needed to prove myself within such a major company.”
Ben, from Wallsend, studied an Access Diploma in Engineering and a Foundation Degree in Renewable Energies before being chosen by P&G for the internship programme. His internship saw him work in the firm’s large scale pilot plant as part of the firm’s Operations Crew, where he helped to set up and run a number of production trials.
The 26 year old is now employed as a Pilot Plant Senior Operator at the firm, and is also studying towards a top-up Degree in Electrical Electronic Engineering at Newcastle College.
The internship scheme was set by Newcastle College to give students within its School of Applied Science and Technology the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with one of the world’s leading producers of consumer brands. Students spend four days each week at the Newcastle Innovation Centre and one week day per week studying at the college.
The scheme is part of Newcastle College‘s School of Applied Science and Technology’s support for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) agenda. The school works in close collaboration with organisations across all areas of expertise, including engineering, automotive, aerospace and allied engineering, vocational science, and renewable Energy.
Shirley Summers, Associate Talent Supply Manager for P&G UK and Ireland, said: ”We have been very impressed by the standard of people that we have recruited from Newcastle College for our internship programme. Recruiting the right people direct from college is a new route for us, but the results are very encouraging. By working with Newcastle College, we can be assured that we are identifying people with exactly the right kind of skills, passion and talent that we need.”