About Charlotte Hughes
Why did you decide to become an apprentice?
I was concerned about going to university, the thought of it all was quite daunting. With tuition fees rising and the skills needed to get a job after university, I thought an apprenticeship was able to help bridge the skills gap.
How did you find out about apprenticeships?
I found out about the general idea of apprenticeships through family, however I found my apprenticeship online by searching for 'science apprenticeships' as I was not aware that this was a career you could pursue through an apprenticeship.
What was the apprenticeship application / recruitment process like?
The first stage was a CV style application, next was a set of online tests to assess maths and verbal reasoning skills and finally there was a half day interview which included a presentation and interview, technical/lab skills and a group exercise.
What is the best thing about being an apprentice?
The best thing would be working in an environment surrounded by industry experts, the science we do actually makes a positive difference to peoples lives.
What would you advise someone considering an apprenticeship?
I would say look at all of the options available to you, definitely apply for everything you feel you would be suited to you so you have options. Also if you decide to go to university do a course with a placement year. An apprenticeship is a great way to get experience which can set you apart in the future.
Sector / Industry
University of Kent
East of England