Working alongside world-class scientists, our apprentices are sure to gain valuable knowledge and expertise.


Start your journey with Fera’s Apprenticeship Programme

Meet Callum Logan

Apprentice Laboratory Assistant | Plant Protection Programme | Fera

Callum joined the Plant Protection Programme at Fera in September 2019. In the next two years in the Plant Protection Programme (PPP) he will gain a Level 4 HNC in Applied Biology, a Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship, as well as a wealth of experience in the diagnostic teams of the PPP. He shares some of his experiences one month into his apprenticeship.

Tell us why you have applied for this apprenticeship at Fera Science?

I applied for my apprenticeship at Fera because of the vast amount of knowledge and experience I would gain and the limitless opportunities that I would be exposed to during my apprenticeship. Unlike other science-based apprenticeships Fera place you in multiple teams with a 6 month rotation enabling me to experience various aspects of the plant protection programme which in turn allows me to gain crucial lab skills in different areas.

The training for the apprenticeship includes undertaking qualifications while working full time, and may at times be demanding. How are you looking to organise yourself to balance your study and job?

Using my college day affectively will be key to ensuring that I keep on top of my college work as the work is designed to be completed during my time there. If workload increases and becomes too demanding I would speak to my line manager and organise some time at work whereby I can complete or expand upon my college work to obtain the highest possible grade. 

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

I hope that by completing the apprenticeship it will lead to a career in science and that I will find and pursue an area of interest within biology.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you are settling in to Fera life.

I previously studied at York College doing A Levels maths, ancient history and biology; during my time at college my passion for biology was enhanced and led me to apply for the apprenticeship at Fera Science. Going straight from college into full time job was a big step for me since I would be working in a new environment but all the people at Fera are lovely and have made me feel very welcome.

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Winner of Larger Employer of the Year

York Apprenticeship Awards recognises the outstanding qualities, achievements, commitment and progression of both individual apprentices and their employers.  Overall 35 nominations were received, for five categories, where Fera won Large Employer of the Year at the 2017 celebration. If you enjoy learning and the appliance of practical science, Fera is the perfect place to start your career.

"Every day is different! There is always an opportunity to learn something new. Fera has given me the opportunity to start a Level 6 apprenticeship to help me develop my career, supporting me throughout the course."

Laura Faulkner
Assistant Scientist at Fera

What will you gain?

This programme provides real benefits and opportunities for each apprentice, including over 30 months of training in core laboratory skills and a Level 3 NVQ qualification in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities. From day one you'll be learning in the lab environment, gaining practical experience whilst gaining your qualification.

What can Fera do for you?

The Fera apprenticeship programme provides 24 months of hands on laboratory experience and an opportunity to start their training in a role that delivers world-class science and supports them develop their career in the science sector. They learn to apply original thinking, with a high quality, broad science skill set, making a positive impact on the businesses success and leaving them well placed for future employment across the science sector. They are given dedicated support and development opportunities to help get optimal value from their time at Fera and help increase employability, in fact many of Fera’s apprentice graduates secure permanent positions.


Fera holds both ISO 9001 and Investors in People accreditation and our apprentices are trained to a high standard to uphold these values. Working alongside world-class scientists, from whom you will gain valuable knowledge and expertise. You will work towards our values and shared mission gaining expertise and apply this knowledge to hands on work using original thinking and ingenious techniques in a unique environment.

But, at Fera, we see this as a means to accelerated progression in our company - a fast track to greater challenge, impact and responsibility.

Fera provides extensive support for its apprentices in their NVQ work, providing them with study time, learning facilities and coaching, as well as access to the dedicated on-site college tutor.

Original thinking...applied

You will learn to apply original thinking to challenges, with a high quality, broad science skill set which will leave you well placed for employment across the science sector.

What will you bring to Fera?


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