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Science and technology represents a major part of the economy in the Dover district.  The Discovery Park Enterprise Zone is one of the largest science and technology business parks in Europe.  The site is home to international pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer and Mylan, alongside a whole host of life science and bio-tech entrepreneurs.  With state-of-the art laboratories, and a campus-style setting it’s one of the most exciting places to work in the district.  For the latest job opportunities at Discovery Park, click here.

National Careers Service Job Profiles: Biochemist, Biologist, Biomedical Scientist, Biotechnologist, Chemist, Research Scientist.

There is also strong demand for healthcare skills from local employers such as the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.  The Trust recently invested £21 million in the brand new Buckland Hospital in Dover.  For the latest job vacancies with the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, click here

National Careers Service Job Profiles: Midwife, Nurse (Adult, Child, Mental Health), Occupational Therapist, Parademic, Radiographer.


East Kent College 

East Kent College has its HQ at Discovery Park, and has developed an exciting new science curriculum with industry standard laboratories.  A wide range of science courses are on offer to help develop careers in life sciences.  

For those considering higher education, both the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University offer undergraduate courses in life science subjects.

University of Kent

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Faculty of Health and Well Being offers a host of undergraduate study options in nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, ophthalmic dispensing, paramedic science, radiography, and speech and language therapy.

 “It is very important to have East Kent College on site as we know it will be advantageous for the businesses as well as the students.  Finding employees with the right skills for high tech and scientific jobs can be a challenge but here the companies can get involved at an early stage and help to form the curriculum.”
Paul Barber, Managing Director, Discovery Park

 “The atmosphere [at Discovery Park] is very different to being at college … we have met a number of staff from the various scientific companies and we are finding out what employment opportunities will be available once we are qualified.”
BTEC Applied Science student