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How a pre-employment training programme helped Jack discover a career in healthcare science

Through doing a Modern Apprenticeship, Jack is moving a step closer to achieving his career goal.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

For Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Jack shares his Modern Apprenticeship experience.

Jack's story

Jack loved studying Biology and Chemistry at school. He liked the idea of working in a laboratory but wasn’t sure where to start. Find out how a Modern Apprenticeship is helping him towards his dream job of becoming a biomedical scientist.

Discovering a career in healthcare science

When Jack was at school, he wasn’t sure which career path to take. He studied National 5 Biology and Higher Chemistry, which gave him a good base-level scientific knowledge.

Jack was interested in a science career where he could make a difference. His Jobcentre Plus work coach helped him find a work-based training programme when he finished school.

During the 6-month programme, Jack was lucky enough to get some experience working in a hospital lab. He then applied to do a Life Sciences and Related Science Industries Modern Apprenticeship with NHS Lothian.

Jack’s Life Sciences and Related Science Industries Modern Apprenticeship

Jack is a modern apprentice biomedical science support worker. He goes to college one day per week and works in the hospital laboratory or does his college assignments the rest of the time.

The Modern Apprenticeship is helping Jack gain an HNC in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 7. Jack is also getting valuable work experience and is supported by his manager, colleagues, and the laboratory training team.

Working in the hospital laboratory

Jack works in a hospital lab, receiving and processing biological samples and logging them into the computer system. He takes calls from GPs, doctors, and nurses in the hospital, who may want to request more tests on a sample or confirm test results.

During his shift, Jack also makes sure the laboratory is clean and tidy and helps keep the equipment in good working order.

The modern apprentice explained: “It’s a great feeling knowing I’m helping to get samples processed as efficiently as possible so patients get an accurate diagnosis.”

When it’s busy in the lab, or Jack is working on a weekend or back shift, he needs to use initiative and critical thinking skills. This helps to make sure the lab’s workflow runs smoothly, and biological samples are processed on time.

Why you should consider a Modern Apprenticeship

Jack says the Modern Apprenticeship is giving him the opportunity to build up his biomedical science knowledge. He has improved his communication skills and become more confident, which will also help him in his future science career journey.

Jack added: “I recommend doing a Modern Apprenticeship to others. It’s a great way to develop your knowledge and learn work-based skills that can help you get the job you want. It’s already helping me take a step closer to my career goal of becoming a registered biomedical scientist.”

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