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You're hired! Apprentice accelerates career at Daresbury

An apprentice at Daresbury Laboratory has used the skills and insight gained in her training to secure a permanent role with STFC while still in her apprenticeship period.

Louise Smith is about to complete her second year Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship, and successfully gained promotion to IT Project Manager / Business Analyst earlier this year.

Louise joined STFC in 2017 as an apprentice working on improving project management practices within the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC).  Much of her time was spent supporting the CLARA Project Manager, typically supporting with scoping and scheduling whilst attending project board meetings. Her new role within Digital Infrastructure sees her managing a range of IT projects that support the complex science taking place across STFC sites.

As Louise comes to the end of her apprenticeship, she looks back on the experience:    

My experience within the Project Management apprenticeship has been very positive. I have been able to acquire knowledge and skills along with obtaining my Project Management Qualification whilst applying it to the complex research and development projects that take place at STFC. Everyone I have had the opportunity to work with has helped me in my development.”

Commenting on Louise’s progression within STFC, Lisa Howard, Louise’s former line manager, says: "It is great to see Louise using the knowledge and experience gained in ASTeC to manage projects in Digital Infrastructure. The Associate Project Management Apprenticeship was a new concept when Louise started, I'm really pleased to see it has been such a success enabling her to take her career to the next stage."

Apprentices at STFC receive accredited training with approved providers, whilst undertaking on-the-job training and mentoring from those they work with. Apprenticeships at STFC typically take two to six years depending on the qualification achieved.

Find out more about our apprenticeship scheme here.


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Last updated: 15 July 2019


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