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09 Jul 2021

Pride over progress of Apprentice

The Ladder for the Black Country is proud of Halesowen College apprentice Charlotte Cartwright’s achievements.

She is an example of how apprenticeships are a fantastic option for those who prefer to learn on the job, while earning a salary and getting a qualification.

Delivered from level 2 up to degree level, apprenticeships offer real progression opportunities with 90 per cent of apprentices remaining with their employer at the end of the apprenticeship.

The college’s Level 5 laboratory scientist apprentice works for Merlin Powder Characterisation and has recently presented data at the Compaction Simulation Forum conference in Bordeaux. Charlotte, from Dudley, works four days a week and spends one day a week at college. The 23-year-old decided not to study at university and completed an HND in applied chemistry at college.

Elaine Stone, who supervises Charlotte at Merlin Powder Characterisation, said: “It has been a rewarding experience watching Charlotte tackle new tasks and grow in confidence. She has surprised us with the speed and breadth of her progress and is a valuable member of the team. I think if we had told her on day one that she would be presenting her data at an international pharmaceutical conference she would not have believed us.”

Gemma Eves, laboratory sciences apprenticeship assessor for Halesowen College, said: “Over the past four years, Charlotte has gained the skills and knowledge required to be successful in this industry and I have observed her grow in confidence to become an invaluable member of the team.”

Charlotte added: “Halesowen College has been incredibly supportive throughout the whole process. “

As well as offering an HND programme with a variety of subjects, I’ve gained many transferable skills.”

If you’re interested in an apprenticeship, visit the website www.halesowen.ac.uk or call 0121 602 7777.

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