Investing in the workforce of the future

Chantelle Lawrence, Trainee Laboratory Assistant at STEM Learning

On Wednesday 25 September 2019, Chantelle Lawrence, our Trainee Laboratory Assistant, spoke to members of The 5% Club at an event in Birmingham.

Speaking to an audience of more than 60 individuals from a range of companies and sectors, Chantelle shared her experiences of life as a mature apprentice and gave advice on what employers can do to get the most out of people like her.

At the age of 24, Chantelle made the move from catering to become a Trainee Laboratory Assistant at the National STEM Learning Centre in York. Almost 4 years later, Chantelle has completed a Level 2 NVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities and is currently working towards her Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science, and a Level 3 NVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities.

In a Q&A session with Hilary Wilson and an apprentice from McLaren Racing, Chantelle was asked about her journey from catering and other roles into a laboratory technician apprenticeship, and what she thought employers could do to get more young people interested in doing an apprenticeship.

Following the event, Chantelle said:

“I am very grateful to have been invited to speak at such an insightful event and share my experiences. Hearing from employers about the difficulties they face in getting the word out there about the opportunities available to young people, and hearing from other apprentices about their struggles before they found their current roles, was extremely eye opening.

“Every ‘older’ apprentice I have ever spoken to is grateful to have been given such a great opportunity to change their career and gain qualifications later in life. Apprenticeships help people grow in confidence, reminding them of their own potential, and enabling them to improve quality of life for themselves and their families.”

Here at STEM Learning, we are proud to invest in our employees through training and apprenticeships. Being a member of The 5% Club is just one way we show our dedication to investing in the future workforce, with current apprentices working in departments across the organisation, including administration, finance and IT.

Maureen Legge, Head of HR at STEM Learning, commented:

“The 5% Club gives STEM Learning access to the knowledge and experience of other employers employing apprentices across a wide range of industries.

“Our involvement enables members to share best practice, celebrate successes, generate ideas and impact on the wider conversation around apprenticeships and how we open up the world of work and nurture our talent pipelines”.

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