The Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies

If you follow East Lothian Works on Twitter and Facebook (links at the bottom of this post), you may have seen that we are currently running a social media campaign that focuses on a different Foundation Apprenticeship each week. This week, we’re looking at the Scientific Technologies course. Have a read below to find out more about this framework.

Science industries are high-tech, innovative, and diverse. They contribute to a stronger and fairer society. Scientific Technologies students get the chance to experience life in the science industry. They will have the opportunity to learn about many areas of science, such as biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceuticals, and the environment, as well as develop skills such as flexibility, organisation, and problem solving. Working in science technology is a challenging, yet rewarding experience, providing individuals with skills they can take with them across many industries.

When asked what students get out of having experience in a laboratory, Gandi, a Study Director at a laboratory, stated: “[Students get] an impression into the daily life of research and they also get to see how their scientific knowledge that they learn in school gets translated into real life research”.

When it comes to desired skills, students need to be flexible, organised, and exercise critical thinking in order to work well in science.

Our new cohort of 2019-2020 Foundation Apprenticeship students begin after the summer holidays. Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort open around the New Year. Speak to your guidance teacher for advice and an application form. Email vocationalopps@eastlothian.gov.uk with any questions. If you’d like any more information about Foundation Apprenticeships, check out our blog post on them here.

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