George, 20, joined the Trust in December 2014 as a Clinical Support apprentice, working in Pathology. As a level three apprentice, he expected to complete 18 months on the course, but within a year he was offered a job as a Medical Laboratory Assistant. Managers said he demonstrated strengths which showed he would fit perfectly with the department.
On a day to day basis, George receives samples from different departments, working in particular with Biochemistry and Haematology. He processes samples to get them ready for testing and analysis both here and at other hospitals, and also processes emergency samples which come in.
He said: “I’d always liked the idea of working in medicine, so when I saw the advert for the apprenticeship, I thought it sounded interesting. I liked the idea of doing a job which benefits society. It’s a busy job, but I enjoy it. It was good to be offered a job early. It made me feel I was good at what I was doing.”
George hopes to progress in the Pathology department over time, and said he was grateful for the opportunity of getting his foot on the ladder with the apprenticeship.
He said: “I think apprenticeships are good, as they give you a good route into something and some great work experience. I think one of the best things it working alongside other staff.”
George’s line manager, Kate Howard, a senior biomedical scientist in Pathology , said: “We previously recruited to our MLA workforce with people with previous Lab or customer service experience as many people have no idea what being an MLA entails. The apprenticeship programme lets us look at people with no previous experience, with more confidence. When we got someone who fits the department, like George, we offered him a permanent post knowing his strengths.”