John Forbes of Treatt with students from Suffolk New College during their visit to the company's lab

John Forbes of Treatt with students from Suffolk New College during their visit to the company's laboratories. - Credit: Archant

Students from the BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Level 3) course at Suffolk New College in Ipswich were given a tour of Treatt’s research and development laboratories, with members of staff on hand to answer students’ questions and explain the skills and qualifications required to work at the company.

Jane Taylor, lecturer in biology and science at Suffolk New College, said: “The students had chance to see how a manufacturing unit operates and how the products can be tested in a laboratory.

“They also discovered how essential oils are produced for the food and fragrance industries and the way that the raw materials are sourced from around the world.

“I overheard students saying how much they had enjoyed the visit and that they were excited by the idea that this type of work was something they could realistically access with their Applied Science course,” she added.

Students from Diss High School also visited the company and Treatt has also worked with West Suffolk College and St Benedict’s, County Upper and King Edward VI schools, all in Bury.

John Forbes, Treatt’s global technical support manager, who is responsible its work with schools and colleges in the area, said: “We are passionate about what we do at Treatt and the use of science is fundamental to our manufacturing, quality control and R&D functions.

“Chemistry in particular is an area where we would like to increase our co-operation with local teachers to develop the talent and potential that we know is in the local community.”

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Treatt is keen to work with other schools in the area in order to expand its educational support and can provide bespoke packages of information dependent upon age of students, curriculum and the requirements of the school.

Teachers who would like to discuss opportunities can call John Forbes on 01284 714815.