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APPRENTICESHIPS AT ROTHAMSTED

HANNAH WALPOLE

“There has been many highlights of my apprenticeship in the bioimaging team, from taking my first images using the Axiophot to learning to use the transmission electron microscope independently. One of the best moments of my apprenticeship has been getting my name on publications and having my work recognised"

aPPRENTICE SUMMARY

LOCATION:

Rothamsted Research - Harpenden

APPRENTICE COURSE:

Laboratory Technician - Microscopy

LEVEL OF APPRENTICESHIP:

Level 3

COLLEGE:

Oaklands College -Welwyn Garden City Campus

SUPERVISOR:

Smita Kirup

Having an apprentice has exceeded my expectations Hannah has brought such enthusiasm and skills to the department and become an integral team member.

HANNAH'S STORY

I left school at the age of 17 and spent a year working in a lot of different jobs. A lot of these jobs were not very stimulating or challenging enough roles for me, and I craved an exciting career. I was intrigued by the microscopy role as it promised a challenging yet varied and rewarding position.

I have learned so many new skills since being here, I am now able to operate and utilise use highly advanced machinery to support other scientists in their roles. The teaching methods have be really useful for me as, I have been doing a mixture of practical and classroom based work.

Hannah Walpole at Rothamsted

As well as formal support (mentoring, supervision and training), the community of apprentices at Rothamsted is varied, you will never have trouble seeking support from your peers. As well as this, you are surrounded by world-class scientists and technicians, who have an array of skills, and are always willing to help.

Rothamsted is a social place, for apprentices in particular! There are sports and social clubs to join, as well as a gym and tennis courts on site. In our social club, we have a bar (the “Pav”) which holds events year-round and is open on Friday nights. London is only 25 minutes away by train, so the opportunity to attend social and cultural events is endless.