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York College student awarded Chemical Sciences Apprentice of the Year 2014

Joe TurtonFormer York College apprentice Joseph Turton is celebrating success as a double award winner for his outstanding work on the Laboratory and Science Advanced Apprenticeship pathway. Joe was first awarded Advanced Apprentice of the Year in 2013 and has since been awarded Chemical Sciences Apprentice of the Year 2014.

Joe secured his apprenticeship aged 16 as a Science Laboratory Technician and has now gained a full time role as an Assistant Scientist for the Food Environment Research Agency (FERA) at Sand Hutton. Joe explains how his apprenticeship at York College has led to his success. He said: "The best piece of advice I would give a young person starting their career, whatever that may be, would be to find something they are really passionate about – for me it was science. Then seriously consider it and do some research into whether an apprenticeship offers something for you. The most obvious path seemed to be to go to York College and study my apprenticeship – I haven’t looked back since.

Joe’s role as an Assistant Scientist within the Centre for Chemical Safety and Stewardship involves research to determine effects of chemicals, such as pesticides, on organisms that live in water. Joe’s hard work and determination not only led to a full time role but after attending the Royal Society of Chemistry awards ceremony in Manchester, he received a cash prize, medal and additional funding towards his professional development.

Photograph credit: © MPP/RSC

Former York College apprentice Joseph Turton is celebrating success as a double award winner for his outstanding work on the Laboratory and Science Advanced Apprenticeship pathway. Joe was first awarded Advanced Apprentice of the Year in 2013 and has since been awarded Chemical Sciences Apprentice of the Year 2014.

Joe secured his apprenticeship aged 16 as a Science Laboratory Technician and has now gained a full time role as an Assistant Scientist for the Food Environment Research Agency (FERA) at Sand Hutton. Joe explains how his apprenticeship at York College has led to his success. He said: "The best piece of advice I would give a young person starting their career, whatever that may be, would be to find something they are really passionate about – for me it was science. Then seriously consider it and do some research into whether an apprenticeship offers something for you. The most obvious path seemed to be to go to York College and study my apprenticeship – I haven’t looked back since.

Joe’s role as an Assistant Scientist within the Centre for Chemical Safety and Stewardship involves research to determine effects of chemicals, such as pesticides, on organisms that live in water. Joe’s hard work and determination not only led to a full time role but after attending the Royal Society of Chemistry awards ceremony in Manchester, he received a cash prize, medal and additional funding towards his professional development.

For more information on apprenticeships at York College, click here

Photograph credit: © MPP/RSC

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