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Read James's Journey


James Stubbs, 27

York St. John University

Level 6 Apprenticeship in Laboratory Science and Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)

"The apprenticeship has improved my time management skills and enhanced my knowledge of scientific processes in and beyond the scope of my team. It gave me more confidence and opened up new opportunities for me in the workplace. Since completing the apprenticeship, I have been promoted to manager of my team."


Why did you choose this route instead of full time study or university?

I chose this route as I felt that I was not ready for University after my A-levels. I first started at Fera doing a level 3 apprenticeship, before securing a full time position in the Nematology team. I felt prepared to continue studying when the level 6 apprenticeship programme came around.

When did you start your apprenticeship and where did you find out about this vacancy

I started my level 6 apprenticeship in 2018, the position was advertised internally at Fera.

What tasks are you involved with?

I am involved in the management of the Nematology Team in the Plant Protection Programme

How has the apprenticeship training helped you in your job role / career?

The apprenticeship has improved my time management skills and enhanced my knowledge of scientific processes in and beyond the scope of my team.

How have you personally developed since becoming an apprentice?

The apprenticeship enhanced my scientific knowledge, gave me more confidence in myself and opened up new opportunities for me in the workplace.

What advice would you give to others considering an apprenticeship?

I would highly recommend the apprenticeship scheme but be prepared to put a lot of work in!

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