Manufacturing Case Studies

Back to homepage

Laura Muir, from Southampton, was among the winners of the RAF Apprentice of the Year award in 2020   Why was the offer of an apprenticeship important to you when you joined the RAF? The offer of an apprenticeship scheme was very important to me as I did not want to take the conventional route of obtaining qualifications through higher education such as college or university. It allowed me to obtain employment while also continuing to learn.   What does

Read more

22-year-old Sarah Duffy has successfully become employed full time as an operating technician at AstraZeneca, after completing her apprenticeship   How long have you worked for AstraZeneca? What do you enjoy about your role? I started working for AstraZeneca (AZ) in September 2019 and I enjoy the practical side of my role as there are always new things to learn and opportunities to improve my skills. It’s a very inclusive work environment and my shift team have been extremely helpful

Read more

William Medlock is a workshop CNC team leader at AESSEAL PLC, working towards a level 3 mechanical engineering advanced apprenticeship at the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre   Why do you feel an apprenticeship is the right route for engineering? Apprenticeships are a great opportunity as you are able to gain qualifications while working at the same time, plus you are guaranteed a job after you complete an apprenticeship. I was also able to progress to higher level qualifications,

Read more

Erin Smith, 20, joined the supply chain leadership degree apprenticeship at AstraZeneca because it offered a more certain career path than university   How long have you worked for AstraZeneca and what do you enjoy about your role? I joined the commercial supply chain business in September 2019 to undertake rotations in various sourcing and supply groups, including materials management and the international distribution team. I enjoy the diverse nature of my apprenticeship, developing a wide knowledge of the various

Read more

Gaining four years of work experience in a multinational company such as AstraZeneca alongside getting a degree was the perfect start to a career for supply chain professional apprentice Joseph Hinds   How long have you worked for AstraZeneca and what do you enjoy about your role? I started in August 2018 after completing my A-levels. The part of my role I enjoy the most is how close we are to the patients and you can quickly see how your

Read more

Joseph Jackson, 20, is a member of the supply chain team at AstraZeneca, where he works on several projects How long have you worked for AstraZeneca? What do you enjoy about your role? “Joining the supply chain team as a sourcing associate in 2015 after my A-levels was a daunting prospect, but AstraZeneca’s supportive and friendly atmosphere soon helped me to settle in and understand my role. I enjoy cross-cultural working and direct customer interaction when negotiating contracts and delivering

Read more

Jaz is an air and ground steward with the RAF “I joined the RAF at 17, and by 21 I have been to over 20 countries, including Barbados, Canada, America, the Middle East, Cyprus, Africa and Jamaica. Outside of work, I have gained several qualifications, including an FA coaching qualification, which I use to coach football in the local community.” “Having achieved a level 3 cabin crew apprenticeship diploma, I have enhanced my education by enrolling in courses and gaining

Read more

Steve is an air and space operations specialist (flight operations) for the RAF “I joined the RAF in May 2017 as an air and space operations specialist (flight operations) and currently work in the air traffic control tower at the RAF College at Cranwell. I work alongside the air operations controllers, with responsibilities including keeping track of all air systems flying in the visual circuit, while making sure that flight safety is being obeyed. I feel I make a huge

Read more

Jamie Harvey, 20, is an improvement practitioner at AstraZeneca How long have you worked for AstraZeneca? What do you enjoy about your role? “I have been with the company for two years. Every day is different and there is always something new to learn to better yourself.” Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship at the company? “When my granddad was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he was treated with medicine made by AstraZeneca right here in Macclesfield. I saw

Read more

Charlotte Lees, 19, is completing a foundation degree in international trade at AstraZeneca. And she’ll follow up with a chartered manager degree How long have you worked for AstraZeneca? What do you enjoy about your role? “I have been working here for a year in the logistics team. I manage a wide portfolio of markets ensuring our medicines arrive to patients on time. There are always opportunities to be challenged to test my knowledge and learn new skills, which keeps

Read more