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National Apprenticeship Week 2023

By Ellie Nixon | 8th February 2023

This week, we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2023. It marks the 16th annual celebration of apprenticeships.

The week brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses, and the wider economy.

Skills For Life

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is ‘Skills for Life’. The week will reflect on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and help businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with skills for the future.

Meet Hart’s Apprentices

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2023, we're putting the spotlight on some of our past and present apprentices here at Hart Biologicals

Kensey Robinson

Kensey started her career at Hart as an apprentice in Production and she is now the Production Supervisor.

Kensey said: “I was offered a job at Hart, as an apprentice, just after leaving secondary school in 2013. I completed my two-year apprenticeship in 2015, I worked on site four days a week and attended college one day a week, from which I gained three qualifications. 

Apprenticeships are a great way to learn lots of different skills and apply them to the correct environments, I was using skills I had learnt in college in the workplace and vice versa. I also learnt a lot of people skills, communication skills and the value of hard work. I enjoyed getting a taste of real working life at a young age, it really helped build my confidence and I feel that I now have a lot of experience. 

At college, I met other apprentices from different sites and attended apprentice open evenings on behalf of the company, so I felt like I learnt a lot about this industry – I had no idea how big it was, especially in the Northeast. I finished my apprenticeship in 2015 and was immediately offered a full-time role, before being offered the role of Production Supervisor.  I have met lots of different people through working at Hart and have made some great friends.”

Harvey Cornforth

Harvey is an apprentice within Hart’s R&D department.

Harvey said: “I am finding my apprenticeship rather enjoyable. I like the practical aspect of it, and how it differs from a traditional classroom-based education system, in the sense that I am learning through hands-on experience rather than just theory.

Working at Hart has allowed me to expand my knowledge of the medical device industry and has helped me develop skills that I wouldn’t have gained in a classroom setting which will be beneficial to my future employer.”

Ellie Robson

Ellie is an apprentice within Hart's QC department.

Ellie said: "I have really enjoyed my apprenticeship from the beginning as it has pushed me to develop many skills."

John Brunger - Quality Control Supervisor

John said: "In the QC Department, we currently have one apprentice – Ellie Robson, who is in the second year of her apprenticeship now. Alongside her college work, Ellie performs a wide variety of coagulation, platelet aggregation and other analytical tests on our products. She has been a great addition to the department and her work is of a high quality.

Apprentices have made a big contribution to Hart over the past 10 years. We have had several apprentices across different departments – Production, QC, QA, Technical and R&D. Most of these apprentices go on to secure full time roles at Hart Biologicals after they finish their apprenticeships.

Apprentices are supported at Hart by their Supervisors/Managers and colleagues. We train the apprentices and provide any assistance they need to be able to complete their portfolio for college.”

Careers Events 

Rachael, Richie, Sandra and Erin from our Technical department are supporting events on behalf of Hart Biologicals at Hartlepool Sixth Form and Sunderland College to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week.

See below for upcoming career events:

  • Wednesday 15th February – Careers Carousel at High Tunstall College of Science
  • Tuesday 7th March – Careers Event at Sunderland College Bede Campus
  • Friday 10th March – Careers Event at Hartlepool Sixth Form College
  • Thursday 23rd March – Careers Event at St Hilds School