Want to know what apprenticeships are really like? We asked our community for their experiences and opinions. So if you’re wondering if an apprenticeship is right for you, or your business, why not see what they have to say…

Hear from some of our apprentices

  • Sophie Lamb

    GSK

    Advanced Therapies Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Sophie
  • Lauren Howe

    NHS Blood and Transplant

    Advanced Therapies Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Lauren
  • Ksenia Sitara

    Oxford BioMedica

    Senior QC Officer

    Level 7
    Meet Ksenia
  • Theo Levine

    F-star

    Technician Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Theo
  • Tinashe Murinze

    Cobra Biologics

    Advanced Therapies Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Tinashe
  • Jodie Patterson

    Cobra biologics

    Advanced Therapies Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Jodie
  • Mike Devey

    Allergan Biologics

    Advanced Therapies Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Mike
  • Nafisa Rahman

    Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

    Advanced Therapies Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Nafisa
  • Jo-Neal Lewis

    Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

    Advanced Therapies Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Jo-Neal
  • Emily Bird

    Replimune

    Advanced Therapies Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Emily
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Sophie Lamb

GSK

Advanced Therapies Scientist

Level 5
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Lauren Howe

NHS Blood and Transplant

Advanced Therapies Scientist

Level 5
Hear from Lauren herself in this short video by clicking here    
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Ksenia Sitara

Oxford BioMedica

Senior QC Officer

Level 7
I was once asked where I saw myself in five years and I answered “in regulatory”. Realistically, I had never expected this to happen within five years, or even at all without the relevant experience. At this stage of my life, it would not be suitable for me to quit my job in order to start a full-time MSc. That is why, in early 2019, when Oxford Biomedica offered me a Level 7 Apprenticeship in Regulatory Affairs, I agreed without hesitation. The course fits perfectly with what I want and need. It allows me to become qualified in two-and-a-half years while earning a living. I will have an MSc degree and will be able to work as a regulatory affairs specialist.
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Theo Levine

F-star

Technician Scientist

Level 5
I work at F-star biotechnology, a company who is working to develop novel bispecific antibodies for the treatment of cancer. An apprenticeship combines the benefits of both university and a full-time job; you gain a wealth of valuable industry experience and a degree, without any student debt. What’s great is being able to relate theoretical learning to the work that you’re doing in the company, as it really makes the topic come to life. The rest of my colleagues are passionate about their work and are very supportive and willing to take the time to explain each process, which has allowed me to quickly learn and adapt to the use of specialised scientific equipment and software. I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone interested in Biosciences.
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Tinashe Murinze

Cobra Biologics

Advanced Therapies Scientist

Level 5
I decided to do a Degree apprenticeship because at first I was unsure whether the university route was for me. Deciding my future career from the blurb of a University prospectus was unnerving especially with rising university fees. However, having worked in pharmacy in the years after completing my A-levels, I gained a lot of invaluable work experience and this aspect of apprenticeships really appealed to me. Since starting I have been able to use my strengths gained from my previous work experience, as well as develop my academic skills set.  It has given me a refreshed outlook on my future prospects and I look forward to where my apprenticeship will take me.
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Jodie Patterson

Cobra biologics

Advanced Therapies Scientist

Level 5
After graduating from university the first time around I was a bit stuck for ideas about what to do with my career, university prepares you for work in many ways but does leave you in open water once you have finished, as most scientific job roles rely on experience. I came across the advert for a higher apprenticeship with Cobra biologics and quickly got excited about the idea – it seemed like a perfect opportunity to gain access to the industry, and build my skills and understanding in the field. I was a little apprehensive about taking on a second undergraduate degree but the way the study is blended with practical work and useful industry skills gives it a completely different feel to academic study. Looking back, I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon this opportunity and now have no doubts that it is the right path for me.
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Mike Devey

Allergan Biologics

Advanced Therapies Scientist

Level 5
I work at Allergan Biologics as a scientific associate. After completion of a level 3 & level 4 apprenticeship the next logical step was for me to move onto the degree apprenticeship. The skills I have gained have already set me up for a career within the biotech industry. I would highly recommend apprenticeships to anyone looking to take a big step towards a new career, the opportunity to earn while you learn within exciting industries is unparalleled. Why not hear from Mike himself in this short interview
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Nafisa Rahman

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Advanced Therapies Scientist

Level 5
I decided to do a degree apprenticeship because I wanted to gain practical experience within the scientific research sector. At the same time, I wanted to progress with my studies without having to worry about being in debt. The best thing about this programme is that it seamlessly moulds the academic aspect of my degree with my time at the Catapult, thus allowing me to cover course content and continue with the responsibilities my role requires. The working environment at the Catapult is also very friendly and full of energy, making this journey even more exciting!
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Jo-Neal Lewis

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Advanced Therapies Scientist

Level 5
I chose the apprenticeship route initially because I was not sure if I would be able to get into a university with the A-level courses I was doing. However, after I started to have a look at what some of the apprenticeships where offering, my mind started to change, and I was actively looking for an apprenticeship in the field that I wanted to have a career in. I would recommend apprenticeship to anyone. Being able to work, earn money and go to university to get a degree at the same time is a great opportunity, especially in the field you want to work in.
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Emily Bird

Replimune

Advanced Therapies Scientist

Level 5
I am an Apprentice Technician Scientist at Replimune and am soon to begin studying Applied Bioscience with Kent University. I first spotted the position advertised online and knew that it was perfect for me so applied immediately and was successful!  I had originally planned to attend university, however after exploring my options further I found that an apprenticeship is a brilliant opportunity to begin a career in biological science. I get to study a subject I am passionate about whilst working amongst, and learning from, a brilliant team of experienced professionals. I have only been at Replimune a short time but have already dramatically improved my practical lab skills and learnt many general skills paramount for continuing in a scientific career.
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Hear from some of our employers

Neil Metson

Replimune

Facilities Manager

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Colin Stretch

Oxford BioMedica

Supervisor

More and more, we are seeing people learn in different ways. An apprenticeship gives a way for people to achieve a recognised qualification without sacrificing their job and the experience gained in the workplace. It helps both the business and the individual to develop, and the reward for both parties is greater than either first imagined. The main benefits of a workplace apprenticeship include employee engagement, talent development, bringing in knowledge from TOPRA and other businesses, and inspiring others to achieve.  In terms of challenges, they are mainly logistically or organisationally related. Although the scheme is well planned and communicated, it does require organisation from the apprentice and the line manager. It takes effort, but that makes the achievement that much more special. I strongly recommend the apprenticeship scheme to anyone who wants to further develop their career. I think some people might fear the commitment and the length of the apprenticeship, but I think achieving an MSc in just a few years is great. Since the business has committed to your success, too, it will help you with discussions about your development.Close

Linda Randall

Allergan Biologics Ltd

Executive Director, Biologics Development

We have supported laboratory-based apprentices for several years at Allergan Biologics and are absolutely thrilled to be involved in this innovative program. By combining forces with the University of Kent and other UK companies working in this rapidly evolving ATMP field, we truly believe we will develop critical skills for our own business and also support the strengthening of skills in ATMP development and commercialisation for the UK industry. The programme uniquely blends scientific education, interpersonal skills development and an understanding of the lifecycle of a product through R&D to the market to provide an amazing breadth of experience to the apprentices.Close

Laura Unitt

NHSBT

HR & Apprenticeship Lead

At NHSBT, we are creating a varied and sustainable workforce – apprenticeships are seen as a key part of that. Apprenticeships are genuinely a great opportunity for absolutely everyone, whether you are an apprentice or an employer considering enhancing the skills of your existing people or recruiting new talent into your organisation. We are delighted to be part of the Advanced Therapies Apprenticeship Community, ensuring that the skills development of ATMP goes from strength to strength to meet to needs of the Sector as well as paving a way for passionate people across the UK to access a career in this field. In addition to Laura's testimonial, you can also hear more in this short video from Richard Shortland, Senior OD Manager at NHSBT.Close

Sheena Pumford

Cobra Biologics

HR Director

Apprenticeships within the ATMP sector allow employers to recruit, train and develop individuals with direct skills required in the industry. This allows apprentices to gain a broader understanding of the science industry, enhancing their employment experience whilst gaining a valuable qualification.Close
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Hear from some of our training providers

Samantha Cooper

TOPRA

Head of Professional Development

The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) is delighted to be delivering the Regulatory Affairs Specialist apprenticeship standard as part of its mission to develop the talent pipeline and promote excellence in healthcare regulatory affairs.Close

Emma Kelly

University of Kent

Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

The University of Kent are proud to be delivering the first ever ATMP programme, in line with the Technician Scientist apprenticeship standard. We are really impressed with the high level of apprentices who are actively making a difference to their workplace.Close

Sally Williams

CSR Group

Head of People

CSR Scientific Training are delighted to be partnering with the ATAC. CSR will deliver the Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician standard to apprentices employed in advanced therapies all across the UK.Close

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