The Fera Science Apprenticeship Programme was launched in 2011, when 18 apprentices, aged between 16 and 21, were employed from across the Yorkshire region.

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.

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 experienced scientists, from whom they gain valuable knowledge and expertise. Each apprentice brings something different to the job and they gain a range of valuable skills, not just in science but also interpersonal skills such as team working and communication, and computer skills.

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.

The range of work experience gained by each apprentice provides them with a high quality, broad science skill set which will leave them well placed for employment across the science sector. This experience will help them choose a future career path with greater understanding and knowledge.

For more information on Fera Apprenticeships visit York College Laboratory Science Apprenticeships here

Winner of Larger Employer of the Year

Apprentices from across York graduated at the seventh annual apprenticeship awards ceremony at the Grand Opera House. Around 100 apprentices received scrolls from The Guilds of York for completing their apprenticeship training and qualifications and proudly walked across the stage to loud applause from the 400 strong audience of family, friends and employers. Following the presentation of the scrolls, the ceremony moved on to the prestigious York Apprenticeship Awards which recognised the outstanding qualities, achievements, commitment and progression of both individual apprentices and their employers. The independent panel was so overwhelmed by the quality of the 35 nominations received, that they awarded 4 highly commended prizes in addition to winners for the five categories