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At the start of the speed networking event, students gathered around to watch each company present themselves.

The annual event provides first and second year students with the opportunity to network with national and regional companies, to secure industrial work placements.

There were approximately 60 students from Chester’s engineering programmes (Chemical, Mechanical, Electronic and Electrical) and science programmes (Physics and Chemistry) who attended the event and had the pleasure of meeting a number of companies across sectors including chemicals, motorsport, water treatment and green energy.

Alex Bell from GreenTech Recruitment, said: “The event was a huge success and ran so smoothly. The calibre of the students I met was really impressive, I was struck by how enthused they were, both by their studies and the learning environment at Chester.”

The Vynova Group – which has a site in Runcorn - tweeted after the event, to say that they had met with many talented students at the event, and how much they were looking forward to offering placements ‘as a valuable part of their degree course’.

The event was also attended by academic staff and representatives from the University’s Careers and Employability, Eco-Innovation and Commercial Operations teams.

Second year Chemical Engineering student, Hannah Cullen, came to the same event last year so she knew what to expect. “It was quite nerve-wracking to meet so many employers and have only five minutes to sell yourself,” she said. “But I soon started to enjoy the conversations – really good practice to improve my interview skills!”

Lily Deves from the University of Chester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, placement co-ordinator and the event’s organiser, said: “The feedback we have received from both the companies and students this year has been fantastic. We are so pleased that our students have the opportunity to meet with so many companies in such a short space of time. We expect a high percentage of placements to be secured from this single event, with many offers already made. These opportunities will then hopefully lead to paid employment and graduate positions. We are grateful to all of the companies who participated and we hope to hold another successful event next year.”

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