CK Science helps school children in West Africa

CK Science has once again sent financial aid to a school in the poverty stricken country of Burkina Faso. With over 250 school age children attending, St Mary’s School in Titao provides an extremely rare commodity for the rural area – free education.

Established by St Mary’s School in Derbyshire over 8 years ago, CK Science has been dedicated to bridging the difference between government donations and the amount required to ensure that all school children receive a free meal each day.

Recently Sr Susan of St Mary’s in Chesterfield revisited the school to see how the teachers and children were getting on.

Click here to watch the video

If you would like to donate towards this worthy cause please contact Liam O’Connell on lo’ or 0114 283 9956

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CK consultants pass industry exams

The CK Group are delighted to announce that three of their consultants have successfully completed their Certificate in Recruitment Practice. The course run by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation aims to develop the skills of professional recruiters in  all aspects of the art of sourcing suitable candidates for clients.

Sarah Johnson, Alex Tosney and Jocelyn Blackham have all worked hard to gain this prized qualification. Alex who works as a recruiter in the science division of the CK Group, and is based at the head office in Chesterfield stated, “It was strange undertaking exams again but I feel the qualification is really worth while and it has certainly enhanced my skills”.

Group Operations Director Liam O Connell says “ We feel it is vital for our staff to continue to develop within the group and by undertaking formal qualifications, not only do our staff gain new skills but they also develop a sense of pride in their chosen career”. The CK Group are an ISO9001 accredited organisation, and are also Investors in People, demonstrating their commitment to training and staff development.

If you would be interested in a career in recruitment or working for the CK Group call our HR Officer on 0114 283 9956 or email her on

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CK Science support Cancer Research

The CK Science team attended the CK Group annual awards ceremony over the weekend, where they were awarded for both individual and team performances. Having had such a successful year in 2013 it was a great opportunity to celebrate with the Group, which also consists of CK IT and CK Clinical.

The staff of all 3 divisions of CK Group also took the opportunity to donate money the key charities supported by the company, which includes Cancer Research. Having raised an impressive £332, the figure has since been double as the company generously matched the figure

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RSC publish an article, CK’s award winning Recruiter

The Royal Society of Chemistry have published an article on CK’s award winning Recruitment Consultant Victoria Walker, in the Chemistry World magazine.

The writer speaks about how Victoria became a Recruiter shortly after achieving a first in a MChem in chemistry, and how she went on to win the ultimate industry award “Recruitment Consultant of the Year” at REC’s Institute of Recruitment Professional’s awards in December 2013.

You can read the full article in the January 2014 edition of Chemistry World on page 73.


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Project Manager Job – West Yorkshire

CK is recruiting for a Project Manager to join a leading facilities management company in their waste division based in West Yorkshire.

The main purpose of this role will be management of assigned projects to time, cost and performance.

The successful applicant for this job will be educated to engineering degree level or equivalent and have experience in a supervisory role of a professional team.


Read the full job description here

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CK to attend the REC Youth Employment Parliamentary Reception

As signatory to the REC Youth Employment Charter, Liam O’Connell founder and Director of CK Group has been invited to attend the 3rd REC Youth Employment Parliamentary Reception.

The reception will mark and celebrate the third anniversary and successes of the REC’s Youth Employment Taskforce.

The Youth Employment Charter is an initiative through which REC members pledge to help reduce youth unemployment, and showcases existing good practice within the industry to reach out to the next generation of worker

Signatories to the Youth Employment Charter play an active role in delivering recommendations of the Youth Employment Taskforce, for example by:

  • Developing links with local schools and colleges to raise awareness of the world of work
  • Working with local job-centres and Work Programme providers to provide opportunities and address specific barriers
  • Promoting apprenticeships and internships to client organisations

The special event will take place on the 8th of January 2014 at the House of Lords in London.


Find out more about the REC Youth Employment Charter here.



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CK Science Launch New Website with Candidate Focus

CK Science, the leading scientific recruitment consultancy, launched an interactive new website this year. The new site has two main goals, which includes:

  1. Enhancing the candidate experience by simplifying the search facility
  2. Providing a more personal service by increasing the candidate’s ability to communicate with their CK consultant.

The bold decision has been taken to place the candidate experience firmly at the centre of the website’s functionality, whether it’s for a proximity-based job search, or to identify the best CK Consultant to help according to location, discipline or employment preference.

The new site introduces technologies and functionalities that have not been used in scientific recruitment before, once again showing that CK Science is a leader in their field. The new tools include:

  • A candidate-only zone (CK+) which enables applicants to personalise their registration space, store and amend their CV and save job searches.
  • A corporate video which captures the personality of CK Science.
  • The facility to request a Skype call with a Consultant to get a more personalised service.
  • A one-stop shop for candidates needing advice on searching for a new job, getting the most from their CV or improving their interview technique.  All the career information and advice is now located in one place (Career Zone) for reference or to be browsed at leisure.

Jonathan Hart-Smith, Managing Director of CK Science, said, “Customer service is key to the CK Group so we are always looking at ways to improve the online experience.  Whether it’s simplifying the application process or modernising the look and feel of the site, we like to add value wherever we can.  I feel our new website captures that perfectly and additional services such as CK+ will ensure our customer relationships stay fresh and continue to go from strength to strength.”

Jonathan continues, ”However this has become more to us than just having a good shop front.  We are now looking at other ways to enhance our online offering to make our website the very best place to go for Science jobs and career advice.”

We are already seeing an increase in visitors since the new site has been launched and this will only increase in 2014 as the site grows and develops.

Take a look at the new website now, visit

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CK Science Consultant Wins Industry Awards

CK Science consultant, Victoria Walker, last night won two of the coveted REC’s Institute of Recruitment Professional’s awards which recognises excellence in recruitment. Winner of the Permanent Consultant of the Year award, Vicki’s skill as a recruiter were further cemented when judges awarded her the Recruiter of the Year.

The awards ceremony, which was hosted by Newsnight presenter Jeremy Vine, took place at the London Marriott Hotel to recognise excellence in recruitment and saw nearly 500 people attend to support the Finalists.

Liam O’Connell, Operations Director and Founder of CK Science said of Vicki “Vicki is one of the hardest working members of the CK team. She is a very dedicated and popular member of the team and has excellent relationships with her clients who both like and trust her. I know everyone at CK would agree that she is a worthy winner and we are immensely proud of her win last night”.

Vicki, who has a First in Chemistry from Sheffield University as well as the Diploma in Recruitment Practice, started working for CK Science in 2010. She continues to develop and excel in her role due to her commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Vicki consistently received positive feedback from clients and candidates about her relationship management.

Vicki has spent the preceding months promoting recruitment as a career to Science graduates through her participation at the Sheffield University Science Fair and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry World Jobs Live event. A committed role model, Vicki is the perfect winner for the Recruiter of the Year.

To congratulate Vicki direct click here




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CK raise £728 for Movember

After a whole month of fundraising and some excellent moustaches cultivated, CK has managed to raise £728 for charity.

CK would like to thank everyone that sponsored the participants and also the participants themselves since they grew some truly magnificent moustaches.

Ashley Kirk, the principle organiser of the challenge even attended an awards dinner with his comedy moustache!


If you would like to see Team Tache’s last photos after a whole month of growth click here

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“The Final Mo” for our committed Team CK!!

After four weeks of valiantly avoiding the razor, our CK MO’s have only days left of growth.  Thus far they have managed to dodge and duck the cries for a clean shaven version of themselves so its time we recognised their commitment.

Team CK was established ahead of the Movember kick off, with the target of raising as much money as possible to support research into illnesses that plague men across the globe. Now with only days to go this is their final bid to raise a few more pence, so please donate what you can and let us combat prostate and testicular cancer! Click here now to show your support

If you would like the see Team CK’s Final Mo click here.

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UK Government invest £350 million in to science post graduates

The BBC has reported that the UK government has announced that they will be investing £350 million in to training postgraduates to work in engineering and science.  The money will go to new “centres for doctoral training” at 24 universities around the UK.  The idea is that students will receive the work-based skills and knowledge needed in these key industries.

The government has given to the UK’s most important sector which  include aerospace, pharmaceuticals, medicine and “high-value manufacturing”. These sectors have been experiencing a skills gap in recent years.

EPSRC chair Paul Golby said: “Centres for Doctoral Training have already proved to be a great success and the model is popular with students, business and industry. These new centres will give the country the highly trained scientists and engineers it needs and they will be equipped with skills to move on in their careers. The standard of applications for Centres was very high and more could have been funded if we had the capacity.”


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CK Movember Team reach 3 week milestone

Our CK Movember team have now passed the half way point and are in the final week of growth.

Having spent the last 3 weeks growing a ‘tache on behalf of the nationwide Movember campaign, the team are hoping to raise a lot during this final week. The campaign, which aims to raise money for further research into men’s diseases such as testicular and prostate cancer, runs every November. For more information visit the Movember website

Individual facial hair styles are now emerging, reflecting the personalities of the CK Mo’s, so click here to make sure you check out their growth.
Our team does have a sponsor page so please dig deep as we only have one more week left. You can sponsor us here

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CK Group Director attends Derbyshire Times Business Awards

Last night CK Group’s Financial Director, Ashley Kirk, was recognised as a finalist at the Derbyshire Times Business Personality of the Year awards. The awards, which took place at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, honours local businesses and the contributions they have made to the region.

Up against some impressive figure heads from within the region, including the winner Andy Dukelow of Franke Sissons, Ashley is proud to have been recognised for his contributions. He said of being a finalist;

“I am very proud of what I have achieved building the CK Group and I am thrilled that the Derbyshire Times recognised my accomplishments by making me a finalist for the award. I would also like to congratulate Andy on his win“.

Ashley, who co-Founded CK Group in 1991, plays an influential part in the development of the CK Group which specialises in Scientific, Clinical and IT recruitment. Based at the companies head office in Chesterfield, Ashley takes strategic responsibility for the direction of the business, as well as the support functions.

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EnQuest approved to develop £4bn Kraken oil in the North Sea

The UK government has approved a £4bn investment in the Kraken heavy oil field in the North Sea. The Kraken field, which is estimated to contain nearly 140m barrels of oil, is majority-owned by Aberdeen-based EnQuest.

The field is estimated to contain nearly 140m barrels of oil and En Quest have estimated that it will create 20,000 jobs during construction and an average of 1,000 operational jobs per year over the course of its 25-year life.

The Kraken field is located about 125km (77 miles) east of the Shetland Islands and  Enquest have a 60% interest in Kraken.


Search our latest Oil and Gas jobs here


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CK sponsored the YCF Annual Dinner 2013

CK Science were pleased to  sponsor the Yorkshire Chemical Focus’s Inaugural Dinner which took place on the 23rd of October. The charity dinner was held held during the YCFs annual conference which was a two day event held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

The dinner had a Welcome to Las Vegas theme which entailed entertainment by Oliver Parker a Leeds Specialist Close-up Magician and a fun casino.

As the main sponsor of the dinner, CK Science’s Managing Director Jonathan Hart-Smith gave a short speech about the future of the chemical industry and how everyone can help to raise the profile of the industry ensuring the success of the chemical sector  in the future.


Watch and listen to Jonathan’s speech here:


The dinner and speech’s were excellent which contributed to a very successful evening.


If you would like a new job in the chemical industry, please search our latest jobs here

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CK Movembers for charity!

CKA Group are passionate for a cause, and this November they are Movembering.

CKA co-founder, Ashley Kirk, has established a team of motivated members of staff and they will spend the next month cultivating a moustache for Movember 2013.

Progress will be tracked here and on our social media sites so make sure you come back next week.

In the mean time, click here to meet the CK Team

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CK exhibit at Sheffield University Science Fair

CK Science are exhibiting at Sheffield University Science Fair on the 21st of  November 2013 at the Octagon centre in Sheffield.

This event is dedicated to students who wish to pursue a career in science.  So if you are currently studying a science degree or would like a career in science then this event will help you explore your options, talk to recruiters, consider research, seek advice and generally give your career planning a boost.

CK Science will be exhibiting so please come and visit us! We will be able to offer careers advice, show you our latest graduate jobs and offer CV writing advice.


Find out more about the event here


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CK to attend Chemistry World Jobs Live

CK Science are pleased to announce that they will be attending the first ever Chemistry World Jobs Live event on the 25th of November 2013.

Chemistry World Jobs is the official job board of the Royal Society of Chemistry, which is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing chemical sciences.

CK Science will be exhibiting at the event, and senior Recruiter Victoria Walker who is also a finalist at the IRP awards will holding a round table discussion.

The event will be held at a Royal Society of Chemistry building in London, at the Chemistry Centre, Burlington House.

The event will be free to attend and and delegates will be able to discover a huge range of career opportunities, meet potential employers and participate in round table discussions and workshops.  RSC Members will also have the opportunity to have a 1-2-1 CV Clinic with one of our careers specialists (subject to availability).

If you are attending this event, please come and say hello to us at our exhibition stand.


Find out more about the event here


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UK research team – close to a treatment for baldness

The BBC have reported that a UK and US research study have released results stating they have moved a step closer to reversing receding hairlines after human hair was grown in the laboratory.

The scientists at the University of Durham, in the UK, and Columbia University Medical Centre, in the US have undertook a study where they are trying to reduce hair loss.

They were focussing on trying to actually grow new hairs. After six weeks of the study, new hair follicles formed in five out of the seven cases and some new tiny hairs began to form.
Prof Colin Jahoda, from Durham University, told the BBC a cure for baldness was possible but it was too soon for men to be hanging up the toupee.


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