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Libra’s placement student scheme

Student placement scheme at Libra Speciality Chemicals

At Libra we offer student internship programmes in all functions of the business, including accountancy, engineering, marketing, technical, operations and supply chain. Our internship scheme is designed to give students valuable, hands on work experience within the chemical industry. Our students are given the opportunity to gain experience of how a world-class chemical manufacturing business operates, they will be involved in the day to day operations but will also gain vital experience of future direction of a business. They will be expected to present ideas in meetings, contribute ideas towards new projects at Libra and some of our students are given the opportunity to visit international exhibitions.

How are our students supported?

Placement students are given full training and support from one of our line managers. Our line managers guide students through a personal development programme (PDP). A PDP has a series of individual SMART target’s which each student must complete over the course of the year with Libra. These targets are reviewed every month along with a 1 on 1 discussion to identify the student’s progression.

As part of Libra’s student PDP programme, our students shadow work in each of our functions. This provides our students with a good understanding about how businesses are run internally, to help prepare them for the real world of employment after their educational activities have finished. It also gives our students the opportunity to work and form relationships with all of Libra’s team members.

My placement experience – Extract taken from Ella Harding

Student placement opportunity at Libra in technical opertions

Ella Harding – Technical operations placement student at the University of Manchester

One of our chemistry placement students, Ella Harding studies at The University of Manchester. Ella has worked in technical operations at Libra since September 2019 and has shared her experience at Libra.

‘The student internship scheme at Libra has been a very insightful and fun experience. I have been given the opportunity to work with new project development (NPD), sample testing, problem solving and using technical machinery. Libra has given me the opportunity to put into practice what I have learnt throughout previous academic institutions which I have attended. I have been given the chance to mirror my product testing skills on real life applications. I particularly enjoy working with the HPLC & GC machines.’

‘The placement has been challenging at times, the job specification involves a lot of problem solving particularly when working with NPD. As a technical team we develop new ways to overcome NPD challenges to ensure that we create high quality surfactants for Libra’s customers.’

My placed assessment

‘To showcase the skills and knowledge which I have learnt on placement, I will be writing a 40-70-page report about a development project at Libra. The assessment comprises of writing about the scientific development behind the project and what the aims of the project are. I will also be writing about how I planned out the experiments, how they are preformed and why. To finalise the report, I will write a conclusion which will consist of the results I obtained during the project.’ – Ella Harding, University of Manchester (2019) 

For anyone who would be interested in a student internship scheme with Libra Speciality Chemicals please email a CV and covering letter to



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