Claire Souter: Lab Apprentice Case Study

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Claire Souter works as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in the Cytogenetics Department at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. About two years ago she decided that she wanted to broaden her knowledge of science so she could progress in her career.

A friend recommended the work-based Apprenticeship programme to her as it would allow her to continue her work at Addenbrooke’s Hospital whilst studying towards a BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science.

Claire says of her course, “I have learnt a lot over the past two years through being at college carrying out practical work and also being in class. I have also learnt a lot from my peers as well as carrying out assignments and working on my portfolio where I have to do outside research which has helped not only at college but in my everyday work.”

Claire received Faculty of Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM) Apprentice of the Year Award in March 2016 and was nominated for the Overall Apprentice of the Year 2016 Award. It was indicative of her contribution to her workplace and how well thought-of she is by her assessor and tutors.

She said, “It made me realise I can do things I never thought I would be able to do. I would like to further my career in science and work to the highest possible level at Addenbrooke’s. The apprenticeship has helped me to realise this as I have proved I can achieve at a higher level.”

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