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HSDC student is first ever apprentice to be promoted in company’s history

April 10, 2024

Jordan Richards, who is studying a Laboratory Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship course at HSDC’s South Downs Campus whilst working at Wickham Micro Ltd in Fareham is the first ever apprentice in the company’s history to be promoted whilst still completing his studies.

Jordan, who joined Wickham Micro in July 2022 began a six-monthly rotation between departments which enabled him to gain experience and knowledge within a range of sectors across the organisation. After developing his skillset and showcasing his hard work, Jordan was successful in securing a promotion within the company’s Quality Control department and made history for Wickham Micro.

Jordan, who also won the Overall Apprentice of the Year Award at HSDC’s annual Apprenticeship Award Ceremony this year said:

“During my apprenticeship, I developed soft skills such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and time management. These are valuable in any job role and can often be the deciding factor in promotions.

I’ve gained in-depth knowledge of my company’s operations, culture, and processes which increased my promotability due to having a keen understanding of how to perform well in the company’s environment.”

When asked how his Apprenticeship has enhanced his employability, Jordan said:

“My apprenticeship has provided practical, hands-on experience in a scientific environment. It has allowed me to build a professional network within the science community. These connections can lead to future job opportunities and collaborations.”

Jordan’s manager Natalie Taylor, Laboratory Manager at Wickham Micro Ltd added:

“Jordan has a ‘can-do’ attitude, and nothing is too much trouble. He learns new tasks extremely quickly and is very efficient in his role.”

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