Student work shadow at SRCL


SRCL welcomed Stephen Anuge, a student studying waste management for two days of work shadowing with a selection of our subject matter experts.

Stephen, a student from Nigeria, is currently in his final year of study at the University of Northampton. He told us how much he has enjoyed studying in the UK and would like to develop a career here following the completion of his course.

Developing new waste managers
When SRCL was approached by Terry Tudor, Senior Lecturer in Waste Management at the University of Northampton, about the work shadow scheme run by the University, we were keen to be involved in extending a helping hand in developing the next generation of healthcare waste managers.

To provide Stephen with the best possible experience and exposure to what makes a leading waste management company run effectively and efficiently, we divided Stephen’s time into four main areas. The days would include exposure to Compliance, Safety & Health; Operations; Commercial (Sales, Marketing, and Bids and Tenders) and Finance.

Terry told us, “This work shadow was organised through the Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group at the University of Northampton, and provided Stephen with a wide range of experiences across the SRCL business, from operations to support services. It therefore served to enhance not only his subject knowledge, but also his employability skills and to give him a sense of the expectations of working in the fast paced and dynamic sector that is health and social care”.

The Work Shadow, Day One
Day one was very hands on for Stephen, with a busy day at our Knostrop site spending time with the General Manager, Plant Manager, Service Manager and the Sharps Management ‘Bio Systems’ team. Knostrop is one of SRCL’s most diverse sites, the on-site incinerator is powered by state of the art technology which in turns powers our Bio Systems wash-line and metals recycling autoclave! Stephen had the opportunity to discover more about these innovative solutions that are making waste management more sustainable and driving the circular economy.

SRCL’s Sharps Management Service is a market leading solution, which provides customers with a sustainable alternative to their sharps disposal requirements. The service features our Bio Systems reusable containers, which once emptied, washed and sterilised through the three-stage robotic wash-line, can be reused up to 600 times.

Stephen also spent some time learning about our sustainability programmes with Tom Jordan, our Environmental Advisor.

Day Two, Commercial
The second day of the work shadow was spent learning about our sales processes in both the NHS and Independent teams. Stephen also found out how the bids and tender process works and what is involved in creating a successful tender submission, followed by an introduction to the techniques used to promote the business through marketing channels such as PR, events, and digital processes including PPC, SEO and email campaigns. Finally, David Williams, Senior Compliance Manager carried out a technical session teaching Stephen about permits and compliance within the waste management sector.

David commented, ‘We were happy to welcome Stephen to SRCL and to show him the ropes. Supporting students with an interest in our industry is important for us as we recognise that there’ll always be a need to bring new talent into the business in the future. It’s also nice to give something back and help people with their development, whether they opt for a career in healthcare waste or not”.

We wish Stephen all the best with the remainder of his final year of study and hope he has a prosperous career within the waste sector or wherever he chooses to develop his career. We look forward to welcoming more work shadow placements in the future.

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