This week is National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate we are highlighting the amazing work of some of our apprentices we have here at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT).
Edward Courtnell is a Medical Lab Assistant (MLA) in the Pathology Department at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QA) and has been part of the team for over a year.
As an MLA, Edward is responsible for receiving samples from departments throughout QA and GP surgeries in the surrounding area. Edward will then process the samples by checking for any discrepancies, labelling and entering the samples into our system before passing them on to the Biomedical Scientists who are in charge of the actual testing of the samples and sending back results.
Before taking up his apprenticeship, Edward was unsure of what career path to take but decided an apprenticeship was for him as he wanted to gain further qualifications. He said:
“An apprenticeship seemed like a good way to get into working life whilst still working towards a qualification. I chose PHT as it is somewhere that I have visited in the past and it always seemed like a nice friendly place to visit as a member of the public so I figured that it would also be a nice place to work.”
Edward completed his apprenticeship at the end of February and has enjoyed every minute of it. He explained:
“I enjoy the people I work with, everyone has been really friendly right from the start and I have made some really great friends.
“Not only that, I feel valued as a worker and I have been completely supported throughout my apprenticeship by my tutor and colleagues.”
If you are thinking of take up an apprenticeship, Edward encourages you to do so. “I would say it is a great way to start a career and get work experience if you are not sure what you want to do yet.” Edward said. “I plan to stay at PHT as I already have a job here and I hope to move up the ladder someday.”