1) Can you describe some benefits of undertaking Apprenticeship based training?
My educational development can continue while I still focus the majority of my time on my career pathway.
The course keeps me motivated in my job role as I can see the link between what I am learning and the work I conduct in the laboratory. It has encouraged me to think long term and I am considering furthering my education on completion of the apprenticeship. Financially, it is a beneficial way to avoid potential university debts as my employer finances my development and pays me a steady income.
2) What was your reaction to winning your award?
Surprise and excitement. I wasn't expecting to receive an award and prize for explaining my job role!
3) What would you recommend to anyone else considering an Apprenticeship/taking on an apprentice?
Take your time to find an apprenticeship that suits you so that you are more likely to see it through to completion (including choosing a good course provider who knows what they are doing). Be prepared to sacrifice spare time after a busy day at work to invest in coursework, maybe make a schedule to see if it will be realistic with other commitments you already have.