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Emily Marston did a level 2 trailblazer apprenticeship in horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) I had a strong sense that I wanted a career that would have a positive ecological impact and could improve urban living. However, I knew I needed to understand a lot more about how plants grow and what kind of maintenance they require. I found that university was not right for me, so I did various volunteering and temporary roles to try to build

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Babcock apprentice Jack Cardwell is a service technician and Fiat professional “My apprenticeship was really enjoyable. You get to make new friends and learn a new skill at the same time. It’s not like being at school. There’s lots of hands on learning so you are not sitting in a lecture hall with loads of other people, reading from PowerPoint, You are actually getting to do it yourself.” “The best thing about the training was the amount of help we

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Babcock apprentices Gillian Anderson and Helen Bonham are service technicians at Audi Gillian grew up in Ayrshire, Scotland, and Helen in Stratford, England, so how did they meet and become best friends? Through their apprenticeship training to become Audi service technicians. They met when they began their service technician apprenticeship training and have been there for each other ever since. Training has been fun and challenging for both of them: “Before I arrived, I had studied car mechanics, but when

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Babcock apprentice Jake Thomas Woodward is a service technician at Hatfields Land Rover Pickering “After my first year at sixth form college, I decided that I wanted to start working, and get out of the traditional education routes. Apprenticeships seemed to offer me a great mix of learning and working, and earning a salary all at the same time.” “My employer, Hatfields Land Rover Pickering, has been supportive from day one. My self-esteem and confidence has grown loads over the

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Amelia Kirwan is on a project manager apprenticeship within the incident prevention team at Highways England Talking about her role at Highways England, Amelia, 19, agrees that she’s passionate about working in this sector. “I love the structure and organised format of my role. Working within a small team allowed me to get to know everybody, which created a friendly working environment.” “I sourced the apprenticeship in my own time. My dad is a site manager within the construction industry,

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Vlad Rusu is a quantity surveying apprentice at Highways England “My work revolves around the three imperatives at Highways England, which are: safety, customer service and delivery. My aim is to deliver a project on budget, on time, safely and to ensure customers (ie, road users, motorists and local residents) are affected as little as possible due to our activities on our motorways and A-roads. I am currently on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon project, the largest infrastructure project in

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Daniel Foreman, 19, is a project management apprentice based in major projects at Highways England in Guildford Daniel is very happy working in project management. As he explained: “You have the ability to influence the transport infrastructure of this country, which has an impact on everyday road users.” “In all honesty, at no point did I set out to pursue a career in engineering. However, since starting within Highways England, I’ve found the engineering concepts I engage with on a

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Natasha Parry has undertaken her two-year apprenticeship with Sporting Futures Training at Round Diamond School in Stevenage What made you want to take up an apprenticeship? “After completing my college course, I didn’t feel ready to go off to university but wanted to stay in education based around sport.” How has the apprenticeship with Sporting Futures Training helped you so far? “Before joining Sporting Futures Training (SFT), I was a very private, shy individual with no confidence with new people

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Laboratory scientist Angela Nwandu, 22, a laboratory scientist at AstraZeneca, has been working to identify and understand the nature and behaviour of cells How long have you worked for AstraZeneca? What do you enjoy about your role? “I have been working at AstraZeneca for a year in cell culture and fermentations sciences and it has been a great experience. I have worked within different teams within bioprocess development, where I’ve seen varying technologies used from early stage through to late

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Jason Cross, 21, is a laboratory scientist at AstraZeneca Newark How long have you worked for AstraZeneca? What do you enjoy about your role? “I have been at AstraZeneca for one year and nine months. The best part of being a scientist is that there is a lot of variety in the work that I do, normally doing something new every day.” Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship at AstraZeneca? “I chose to do an apprenticeship at AstraZeneca

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