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Charlotte Hughes

Laboratory Apprentice,
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Charlotte Hughes is an Associate Scientist and former apprentice working within Biopharm Process Research at GSK. Charlotte started her Level 5 apprenticeship at GSK in September 2015 studying at the University of Kent for a foundation degree (FdSc) in Applied Bioscience Technology and progressed onto the Level 6 qualification earlier this year. In January 2018 Charlotte was awarded with Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year 2017 which introduced her to the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN). Charlotte is currently the East of England Chair for YAAN which is an initiative to utilise current and former apprentices and their inspirational stories to promote apprenticeships nationwide.

  • Understanding an apprentice’s motivations, reasons and incentives for entering a higher and degree apprenticeship scheme and how this can inform the composition of a course
  • Sharing insights from the apprentice’s perspective on the route to becoming a degree apprentice and how employers and providers can enhance the application and induction process
  • Outlining the experiences and challenges of a degree apprenticeship programme and what constitutes an effective scheme for an apprentice
  • Assessing what an apprentice is looking for both from the employer and provider in terms of skill development and developing opportunities for career progression

Winner of Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year Award at the 14th National Apprenticeship Awards