Science is ever evolving. New mysteries are constantly being uncovered and new discoveries are being made, but scientific advancement can only continue if there are highly skilled scientists and technicians to make those breakthrough discoveries. Apprenticeships offer an entry pathway into this exciting field.
Whether you aspire to find cures for medical conditions, help solve murder investigations or inspire future generations to love science through teaching, you can find a rewarding career through an apprenticeship in natural sciences.
In the UK Government 2021 Spending Review, there was strong support shown for the UK life sciences sector when a £354 million investment was announced4.
Apprenticeships in natural sciences are available at advanced and higher levels.
An apprenticeship in natural sciences can lead to roles such as forensic scientist, researcher, food scientist, lab technician, science teacher, conservation officer or a nuclear technician, to name a few.
Pharmaceuticals, NHS Trusts, and food manufacturers are amongst the employers offering science-based apprenticeships, including companies such as GSK, Unilever, Sellafield and AstraZeneca.
An apprenticeship in this industry may be for you if you love science, are organised and methodical with excellent attention to detail and a passion for analysing, understanding and communicating, even if you don’t yet know where you would like to specialise.
Erin Shearer – Level 4 Laboratory and Associate Technical Activities in Education Science Apprenticeship, Glasgow University
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- You’ll be working in a lab from day one alongside world-class scientists.
- Science is one of the few sectors where you can contribute to discoveries that change the world.
- You can apply scientific theory practically in the workplace.
- It’s easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day lab work so study can fall behind.
- It can feel overwhelming at the start as you’re surrounded by experienced scientists.
- You’re on your feet for a lot of the time as it’s a very hands-on industry.
By the end of an apprenticeship in natural sciences you’ll have a university degree, as well as several years of on-the-job experience, making you highly employable compared to a graduate who has taken a university-only route.
I’m working with people that have 20-30 years’ experience and learning so much from them.
Erin Maciejewski, Apprentice at GSK
Apprentices are immersed in a knowledge rich learning environment within their role and are fully supported by their employer to reach their potential.
This opens up a huge amount of career options as you’ll have gained a wealth of industry experience as well as a qualification upon completion of your apprenticeship. You’ll also often gain the necessary qualifications to apply for professional registration with industry bodies.
Apprentices bring a fresh approach to our organisation as well as passion and excitement.
Kim Hardman, Employer at AstraZeneca