College launches new lab technician’s apprenticeship

Rebecca Harrison
Rebecca Harrison
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This year marks an important milestone in the college apprenticeship scheme with the launch of its new laboratory technician’s programme fulfilling a much needed gap in the skills market within our region.

The college has seen its apprenticeship scheme grow year on year.

The launch of this new apprenticeship provides participants with practical and theoretical knowledge recognized by employers whilst allowing the apprentice to develop transferable skills within their chosen occupational area. Training and assessment are carried out within the workplace and include some attendance at college on day release.

Apprenticeships consist of a combination of on-the-job training and study modules. In addition to a competitive base salary, apprentices will benefit from a personalised training plan and employer mentoring, providing advice and support over the duration of the programme.

Rebecca Harrison is one such apprentice who has joined the new scheme with the college earlier this year whilst employed by Thomas Clarkson Academy (TCA) in Wisbech. Rebecca said: “I have always wanted to work in a scientific capacity and by studying the apprenticeship I have grown in confidence and can take more responsibility for myself. I have gained more confidence in my technical skills and feel that I can make my opinions and ideas heard more.”

“I have found the apprenticeship to be enjoyable and very rewarding; it has also giving me the opportunity to learn new skills. In the future I hope to move onto the advanced apprenticeship”, she added.

“Apprenticeships really do add value to a business and are a great way to obtain recognised industry qualifications whilst working. They equip people of all ages with the skills they need to succeed. We are proud to be offering professional development and growth for young people from the local community, said Susie Massen Head of Department Apprenticeships”.

David Pomfret, Principal said: “The Government has significantly increased investment in apprenticeships because we know they work for businesses and employees. The unique combination of high-quality training and meaningful work experience they offer helps to build a workforce with the skills our economy needs to grow. I am delighted that TCA a local secondary school are taking on new apprentices within this industry sector”.