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Apprentice features in national campaign

Lucy Apprentice Lgr

An Applied Science Apprentice from Central College has featured in a national apprenticeship advertising campaign.

Lucy Hignett is a Level 3 Applied Science apprentice and currently works as an Advanced Laboratory Technician at Boots. Boots UK works closely with Central College Nottingham as part of its StepIn2Boots apprenticeship programme, which supports young people aged 16 – 18 into a career in Science, IT or Engineering.

Lucy appears in a video as part of the “Get In Go Far” campaign to encourage more people to take up an apprenticeship.

Lucy started her apprenticeship in September 2014 after leaving South Nottinghamshire Academy. She chose the apprenticeship route because it allowed her to continue with her education as well as gaining valuable skills in the workplace. She hopes to continue to study to degree level once she has completed her apprenticeship.

Lucy is actively involved in promoting the apprenticeship scheme within Boots and has given a presentation to board members and managers of Walgreens Boots Alliance, on the benefits of the apprenticeship scheme.

Being able to take my theory based learning and apply it in the workplace within my day to day job has been one of the key benefits. I have seen my learning being actively applied and the importance that it can have. Entering the world of work in a full-time position has also given me valuable experiences which I otherwise wouldn’t have had access to in the school environment such as attending an event at the Houses of Parliament to represent Boots apprentices. This has shown me the importance of having high career ambitions. I have grown as a person in both my academic approach and in my overall confidence as I have been involved in several events that I wouldn’t have before. Combining work and study at college can at times be challenging especially when deadlines need to be met within the workplace. However, organising my time effectively does help. My employer is really supportive if I have college work that needs to be completed by set dates; I can arrange my hours around the demands of work which gives a little more flexibility.

Lucy Hignett, Level 3 Applied Science Apprentice

Her assessor, Susanne Buxton, visits Lucy in the workplace every three to four weeks to assess Lucy’s competence as part of her NVQ.

It has been a pleasure to see Lucy grow into the work role and gain confidence in her skills gaining expertise to carry out her duties. Lucy is an exceptional student and will make an exceptional employee.

Susanne Buxton, Lucy's Assessor

As a global health and beauty retailer, Boots UK has the advanced technology and resources to really benefit our apprentices. Also, their commitment to training and development helps ensure that these young people have a bright future ahead of them.

Brendan Coulson, Head of Employer Engagement and Choices at Central