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What is ChemTalent? 

ChemTalent is a network of people working in chemical and pharmaceutical businesses in the UK who are either at the start of their careers or keen to broaden their skills and voice their opinions on behalf of the UK chemical industry. It is the voice for all future talent working within the industry, from apprentices, to graduates, across every function that enables our companies to operate on a daily basis. This group aims to be a coveted platform to inspire, to debate and to transform the future of our industry. 

ChemTalent is part of the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) and sits at the heart of the CIA's Education and Employment Strategy Group, deals with employment aff airs, trade union relations, education and skills.

The impact of the STEM skills gap is clearly very pertinent to the UK’s chemical industry. Chemical manufacturers and suppliers require a workforce with varying levels of STEM skills not just to cope, but to innovate. The chemical industry has an important part to play in the achievement of net zero targets for the UK, but for a long time it has been known as the primary contributor to toxic pollution, climate change and other problems that threaten our health. This certaintly presents a challenge in terms of undermining the industry's contributions and to the industry's ability to attract new talent. 

We recognise the importance of STEM education, to continue advocating for apprenticeships, supporting recent graduates and those working towards a chemical engineering related degree, as well as early careerists in our industry. For that reason part our work has been delivering of the network’s four pillars (Sustainability, ED&I, Mental Health & Wellbeing and Innovation) and as promoting STEM education and inspiring the next generation of young people in science.

ChemTalent priorities are: 

  • Promoting the industry 

  • Changing perceptions 

  • Bridging the skills gap 

Who can join? 

All those working in the UK chemical industry who are at the start of their careers (around 10 years or less). We also invite those seeking a career in the industry and so university students, apprentices and those with a genuine interest are welcome to join.

Member benefits

Joining our ChemTalent will provide the opportunity to broaden your horizons and understanding of the chemical industry beyond just your own job, enable you to contribute to the industry’s policy and positions on key issues and allow you to be involved in building the reputation of the industry by being a key role model and by engaging with our stakeholders. 

Plus, joining offers a number of benefits:


ChemTalent Committee

Within ChemTalent we also have our ChemTalent Committee, which is responsible for mapping the direction of the group and the wider operations of ChemTalent, led by the Young Ambassador. Influencers will be key in discussing the industry's hot topics/key themes, as well as individual and group concerns. 

To apply to become a ChemTalent Representative, please complete this short application form (T&Cs apply. Open to CIA Members only)

Membership is free!

It's time to shape the industry.....become a member now by completing this short form or email [email protected]   

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