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National Apprenticeship Week 2020 - AstraZeneca (Broadcast Length 11 Minutes)

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 – AstraZeneca (Broadcast Length 11 Minutes)

National Apprenticeship Week was an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England and was a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country.

Apprenticeship employers used the opportunity to promote the success of their apprentices and highlight the huge benefits to other employers, of all sizes, who are thinking of taking on an apprentice.

Apprentices across the country were celebrated throughout the week, with engagement and events in schools and colleges. We met many current and former apprentices to tell their story and attract the next generation of apprentices, so they too can fire up their future career.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines. Our Purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. We believe the best way we can achieve our Purpose is to put science at the centre of everything we do. Science defines who we are. It is why we come to work every day and is part of our DNA. But this is only half of the story. We know that we do not have all the answers. We want to share ideas because we believe it results in better medicines. We want the way we work to be inclusive, open and collaborative. This approach runs through all that we do.

  • Will Ashworth

    Process Safety Apprentice, AstraZeneca

    I am on a Laboratory Scientist scheme at AstraZeneca, in the third and final year of a level 5 apprenticeship. I am studying with Manchester Metropolitan University to achieve a Foundation Degree in Chemical Sciences.  I work within the Process Safety Group – which performs the safety assessments of chemical reactions being performed on milligram to tonne scale for AZ and our outsourcing partners.

    I have been given far more responsibility than I thought I could achieve during an apprenticeship, independently performing (potentially high risk) experiments, that data of which will be used during scale up of processes to mass production.

    My sixth form did not shed much light on apprenticeships and all the noise around me was to go to university, however once I found the AZ apprenticeship and received my offer, I never looked back. I have returned to my sixth form on several occasions and been involved in many outreach events to try and inspire the younger generations to look down all routes, not thinking university is their only option.

    Once my 3-year scheme comes to an end, I hope to continue to be employed by AZ and go on to top up my foundation degree to a BSc and continue to learn and grow in my role.

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