ITECH’s Master in Formulation Chemistry offers a future in colour
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Unique programme sponsored by companies trains engineers to work in the coatings industry
January 2016. French engineering school ITECH is recruiting students for its Master in Formulation Chemistry, a unique programme that trains chemists specialized in paints, inks, varnishes and resins.
Taught entirely in English, the programme trains students to be fully operational immediately after graduation, providing leading companies from the sector with a recruitment pool of young, specialized engineers who are motivated to pursue international careers in polymer science.
Thanks to agreements with companies such as AkzoNobel and PPG, students are guaranteed internships throughout the three-year programme, as well as financial aid in the form of scholarships. It is this investment by companies in ITECH’s students that makes this programme so unique.
The internship programme includes a minimum of 11 months practical work experience in a partner company, which may go on to recruit the student upon graduation. Depending on the company, students may carry out their internships in France or abroad, with at least one international. Graduates work in a range of positions, from research and development, through technical sales and marketing to production.
Jerome Marcilloux, Dean of ITECH, said:
“This is the first time that our industry has come together to sponsor students, paying for their tuition fees and at the same time taking them on as interns. ITECH has always been recognized by its academic and industrial partners but now companies are looking for local high potential students with international profiles to boost their development across the whole of Europe and the world.”
Financing by paint industry companies allows for selected students to gain full or partial scholarships. Companies currently sponsoring students include AkzoNobel, Allios, BASF, BCF, Beckers, Blanchon, Cromology, Helios/Rembrantin, PPG Industries and PPG Architectural Coatings, Renaulac, Théolaur and V33.
Dr. Roger Jakeman, Director of Marketing & Business Planning BA Performance Coatings at AkzoNobel, said:
“There is a generation gap in our industry and many of the key technical staff will be retiring in the coming years so we are very keen to ensure that we attract the right kind of talent. We want students to have an enduring link with us so the ITECH programme is a fantastic opportunity for us.”
Olivier Tharreau, Director Organization Development EMEA at PPG Industries, said:
“We need chemists who have both a scientific and technical understanding of coatings, and who have the ability to develop strong management skills. The demand is increasing but here are very few recruits on the employment market, mainly due to a lack of specialized education programmes. ITECH’s master meets these objectives and gives students the resources they need to succeed. It also gives us the chance to introduce promising students to PPG and the many opportunities PPG can offer them.”
As well as the CEPE, several other industry bodies and associations are also participating in the promotion, communication and pushing forward of the programme, including AssoVernici of Italy, BCF in the UK and FIPEC of France.
To apply for a scholarship, students are required to submit a three-minute video presentation of themselves explaining why they think they should win a scholarship, before July 12, 2016.
Background in chemistry
Students on ITECH’s Master in Formulation Chemistry typically hold a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, but graduates whose curriculum also takes into account chemistry, such as biology, may also apply.
Sarah, a current Master student at ITECH said:
“I chose ITECH because it is the only chemistry school focused on the needs of industry and with the Chemistry Formulation cursus being taught in English, it combines the skills that companies are looking for.”
- The programme runs for 3 years.
- The next intake is in September 2016.
- Three internships totalling 11 months are included.
- A European Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in a Chemistry-related field.
- Partial or full scholarships are available.
- Regular tuition fees are €6500 per year.
- Register at inscription.itech.fr before June 17, 2016.
- Interviews will take place between June 22 and 29.
- The admissions jury will meet on July 12.
Based in France’s third largest city Lyon, which is historically renowned for its textile industry, ITECH trains engineers in the fields of polymers and their applications: plastics, textiles, leather and formulation chemistry (paints, inks, adhesives and cosmetics). Founded in 1988, it is a private, state-accredited “Grande Ecole” with associative status. It was created and backed by professional unions and companies and teaches over 450 students per year in programmes from undergraduate engineering degrees to a specialized Master in project innovation. www.itech-euro.eu