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Published: 17 July 2013

Nutrition and Food Science graduate celebrates Surrey’s Professional Training Placement scheme

Sam Simister had such a positive Professional Training Placement while studying Nutrition and Food Science in the late 1980s that she has set up her own programme at innocent, the health drinks company.

As part of her Surrey degree, Sam (née Attew) spent six months at Marks and Spencer which ultimately led to her first job there.

“It opened so many doors for me and taught me as much about what I didn’t want to do as what I did,” said Sam, who is Head of Fruit at innocent.

“When I left M&S they said that, dependent on my degree, there was a job waiting. I spent eight years with them, working all over the world.”

She has now set up a placement year programme at innocent and current Surrey Nutrition student Akshee Shah is spending her placement year at the company.

Sam said: “Akshee is fantastic and doing really well. The placement year is such a great initiative and I wish more businesses would offer one. Our previous placement student has now joined us full-time, which shows how valuable the process can be. I feel very strongly about industrial placements and, as far as I am concerned, it’s a no brainer!”

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