Fera Science is proof that apprenticeships harness new talent that bring innovative ideas, enabling us to continue to deliver our world-class science, whilst also developing the next generation of scientists. Recruiting talent through apprenticeships is central to our growth strategy for the future.
Since 2013, Fera has taken on over 40 Laboratory Technician apprentices, many of whom have secured permanent positions at the end of their apprenticeship at Fera. In recognition of the commitment by Fera to its apprenticeship programme, we won Large Employer of the Year at the York Apprenticeship Awards last year.
The annual York Apprenticeship Graduation & Awards Ceremony celebrates hard work and dedication and the success of award winners across a host of categories. This year Andrew Swift, Chief Executive at Fera, will discuss how Fera continually invests in world class facilities and people, to respond to opportunities, events and emerging markets, constantly delivering innovation and the key role apprenticeships play.
This year, apprentices at Fera have started the Level 4 BTEC HNC in Applied Biology with Leeds City College and Fera also launched a Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Degree Apprenticeship, with York St John University. One of our current apprentices, Laura Faulkner, now starting her studying for her level 6 (degree) apprenticeship, will also be speaking at this year’s event to discuss her qualification and experience at Fera so far. 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.
Fera are proud of our apprenticeship programme, and of the apprentices who have completed this with us. We encourage our apprentices to apply original thinking to their work, and to cultivate a high quality broad science skill set to deliver world class Science, providing them with a solid foundation for their future career.