Emilia has featured in our 'Apprentices on the front line' news story!
- Why did you choose to do this apprenticeship?
During my A-levels I completed work experience in different laboratory settings (DPAG at Oxford and Hospital Laboratories at JRH) and I realised that I enjoyed the hands-on practical work more compared to the normal class theory setting.
- What qualifications did you have before going onto this apprenticeship course? Did you have to take other qualifications before starting this course?
Before starting my Level 3 Operations Technician Apprenticeship I had A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. I did not have to take other qualifications before starting the course.
- How did you find out about this apprenticeship?
After completing my A-levels, I started looking for apprenticeships at the gov.uk website and I came across the apprenticeship and applied.
- What have you gained from the apprenticeship so far – skills, experience etc.?
I completed my Level 3 Apprenticeship, and I gained a Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science and qualified as a Laboratory Technician. I have gained confidence, time management skills, communication skills and experience using different laboratory equipment.
- What has been your proudest moment so far from doing your apprenticeship?
In 2020, I was part of the team that produced the first clinical trial batch of the now known Oxford-AZ vaccine, I’m incredibly proud of all the teamwork and what we accomplished. In 2021, I won the Advance Apprentice of the Year award and the Overall Apprentice of the Year award. I was really proud because it meant that my hard work was being recognised.
- What do you plan to do next?
In September 2020 I started a higher-level apprenticeship to become qualified scientist. I will also be working towards completing a degree of Applied Bioscience with focus on Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products.
- How will your apprenticeship help you achieve this?
My apprenticeship will provide me with the right tools, skills and experience required to qualify.
- What advice would you give a person who might be thinking about Apprenticeship-based training to progress their career?
I would recommend considering an apprenticeship as you will have a great learning experience and you will gain different skills while working towards completing your qualifications. You will also receive a salary, which is always a plus.
- What advice would you give a manager who is considering Apprenticeship-based training for their employee?
I would say it’s a great opportunity to bring someone to your team with a fresh set of eyes, that will help you improve your procedures and systems.
Emilia previously completed and graduated from the Level 3 Lab Technician apprenticeship, you can read her case study here!