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Reading Scientific Services Limited (RSSL)

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Looking for a career but want to continue learning? Passionate about Science? Look no further!


RSSL Logo About RSSL

 Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) UK, a subsidiary of Mondelēz International, provides world-leading scientific and technical solutions to the global food, drink, pharmaceutical, healthcare, bio-pharmaceutical and consumer goods sectors. We provide scientific solutions that drive safety, quality and compliance, we help our customers to produce world-leading brands that are safe, innovative, of the highest quality and which meet regulatory and consumer demands.

Mondelez International About Mondeléz  

Mondelēz International is the world’s leading manufacturer of chocolate, biscuits and candy, and the number two manufacturer of gum. We employ over 2,400 scientists across the globe, a significant number of which are based at our Global Science Centre RSSL in Reading, UK, and our Global Chocolate Technical Centre in Bournville.

New ideas and original thinking are at the heart of our operations. Bring us yours and we’ll make sure they add up to a big, bold future. These days, some of the best and brightest people in the country are choosing to join the world of work instead of going to university. That’s why we’ve designed a scheme to help you achieve your potential. If you’ve got big plans for your career, take one small step towards realising them at RSSL and Mondelēz International.

What will I do?
As a Trainee Scientist, you get to earn while you learn – and your distance learning is all backed up with practical experience and the support of mentors. In the laboratories you will get to learn a range of scientific techniques using cutting edge analytical equipment. 
The Details:
The successful candidates will join Mondelēz International and RSSL at our Reading Science Centre on a 2 year program, rotating between our scientific laboratories. In the laboratories you will learn a range of scientific techniques and carry out analytical lab work. Over the two years you will take day release to study for a HNC in a science subject, by distance learning. The studying, combined with the work based learning, will help you obtain the nationally recognised award of Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The 2 Year Program at RSSL will Include Learning a Range of Practical Laboratory Skills in  the Following Laboratories:


  • DNA and Protein
  • Functional Ingredients
  • Investigative Analysis
  • Metals
  • Microscopy
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Development
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Physical Properties
  • Product and Ingredient Innovation

What/How Will I Study?  
-Over the 2 years, you will study for a HNC in a science subject such as Natural Sciences or Chemistry.
-You will be given one day a week as day-release to study.
-All courses are done by distance learning. 
What Is The Scheme?


The Trainee Scientist scheme at RSSL strikes the ideal balance between going to university and getting a job. This 2 year scheme is aimed at students with a passion for science who have completed A-levels/BTECs and offers them the opportunity to gain practical laboratory skills in analytical sciences, whilst carrying out further education by completing a distance learning course.  


What happens at the end of the program? 
Upon completion of the trainee program, you will have the opportunity to work their way up the company.
What Qualifications Do I Need?
First off, you’ll need a good academic background. This will need to include:

-Five GCSEs grades A*-C, including Maths, English and Science.

-Three A-levels or equivalent (e.g. BTEC or Diplomas), one of which is in a Scientific discipline i.e. the equivalent of 260 UCAS points.

-You also need to be enthusiastic, eager to learn and develop and with strong interpersonal skills.

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