LGC Forensics launches apprenticeship scheme
27 Oct 2011
22 budding young forensic scientists start their apprenticeship at LGC
LGC Forensics, the UK's largest independent provider of forensic services, is pleased to announce the launch of its new apprenticeship scheme, offering school leavers a valuable and novel route into a career in forensic science.
A total of 22 apprentices have enrolled in the scheme, with each group of five apprentices based at one of several LGC Forensics UK sites. The 18-month Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme will enable apprentices to gain a total of five different qualifications including: BTEC HND (equivalent of two A-levels), a Level 3 NVQ and Key Skills (Maths, English and ICT at Level 2).
After an initial assessment, the scheme will enable apprentices to transfer their time between various departments within LGC Forensics to learn a range of skills, while acquiring hands-on experience and practical competencies. As part of the UK Government National Apprenticeship Scheme run by the National Apprenticeship Service and funded through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), the scheme’s training will be delivered by an ex-forensic scientist, geneticist and lecturer Robert Green, in collaboration with the Midlands-based Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMET).
Commenting on the value of the LGC Forensics apprenticeship scheme, Simon Jukes, LGC’s Group Learning & Development Manager said: “While the UK’s forensic science industry is undergoing an enormous transformation, it needs to guarantee the continuing development of its own skills base. Independent forensic service providers are obliged to adhere to the Government’s apprenticeship drive and this is one way that LGC is working to provide secure employment for young people interested in a future in forensic science.”
LGC is using the framework of the Advanced Laboratory Technician apprenticeship for the scheme and the enrolment of these individuals will complement the experienced forensic science and science graduates the company has brought on board over the past few months.