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Testimonials 2019-01-15T22:30:11+00:00

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

  • 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
  • Zack Sawyer

    Autolus

    Advanced Therapies Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Zack
  • Lara Devenish

    Autolus

    Advanced Therapies Scientist

    Level 5
    Meet Lara
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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.
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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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Zack Sawyer

Autolus

Advanced Therapies Scientist

Level 5
I chose to do a degree apprenticeship over going to university because it meant I wasn’t going to be stuck with debt after I had finished my degree and I even get paid while leaning. Before my apprenticeship I was studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at ‘A’ Level at Wymondham College. In the future I hope to further my career in ATIMP or ATMP.
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Lara Devenish

Autolus

Advanced Therapies Scientist

Level 5
I chose the apprenticeship route because I have always thought that the idea of training whilst working and earning was great. It was brilliant when Autolus gave me this opportunity as well as allowing me to go to university to further my education and skills. What made it better is that the apprenticeship I’m currently doing, is something I have always been interested in doing which makes the whole process much more intriguing. The environment is always welcoming with everyone available to help as and when you need it. It is a group effort and the teamwork is what makes it.
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Hear from some of our employers

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

OD Manager

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.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

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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