AstraZeneca: Sarah Duffy

AstraZeneca: Sarah Duffy

For Sarah Duffy, 21, an apprenticeship in manufacturing at AstraZeneca is an opportunity to continually learn new skills


How long have you worked for AstraZeneca and what do you enjoy about your role?

I started my apprenticeship in September 2019 and I’m excited to continue learning new skills. 

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship at AstraZeneca?

I’d spoken to people who worked here and saw how proud they were to have made a difference in producing medicines that can save lives. I could gain a qualification while working and learning both practical and life skills.

What is it like being a female in what could be perceived as a male-dominated environment?

It’s inclusive within my work environment with no barriers to success. My team is all male and I’ve fitted in well. They have been extremely helpful and made the beginning of my journey here thoroughly enjoyable.

What would you say has been the most interesting/rewarding work based experience you have been involved in and why?

I work on a production line that was shutting down and being moved into the new global packing centre. It was rewarding to be part of the team to help improve the efficiency of the line, and being live on it now, we have already noticed the benefits of our work. Due to the layout of the new facility, there were many new processes and ways of working to learn. I’m looking forward to developing my skills going forward into the new Macclesfield manufacturing facility. 


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