Science - Work placement explosion

27th August 2010 at 01:00

The British Council celebrated the growth of its science and engineering work experience programme in Scotland last week.

Numbers taking part have increased from 30 to over 185 placements in just five years.

IAESTE (the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) brings around 240 motivated, high-calibre, international undergraduates for short-term work experience placements in the UK in the fields of science, engineering and technology every year.

And more than 95 science, engineering and architecture students from Scotland are currently undertaking reciprocal degree-relevant work experience in countries as far-flung as China, Oman, Panama, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

Keith Brown, the Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning, congratulated the organisation, saying: "The IAESTE programme supports a global knowledge exchange which benefits both students and Scottish businesses."

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