00:00 The department I work for is the proof of concept group and
00:04 in that group we look at novel ways to make new drug molecules.
00:08 We’ll get an enquiry in from a customer and they may want, you know, they may want a sample making.
00:13 So we’ll look at new ways to make that don’t infringe on anybody else’s patent, so various things like that.
00:20 For my education, I think my interest in science was sparked at GCSE,
00:26 probably in particular a bit more chemistry, so when it came to do my A levels I carried the sciences on,
00:31 I did chemistry and physics and it was there whilst I was applying for university that I learnt about this modern apprenticeship scheme
00:38 that Avecia offers.
00:40 I was quite interested in that because it meant I could study, do my degree and work and earn some money at the same time, it was good fun.
00:47 Throughout your education you learn a lot of things,
00:50 I think chemistry’s one of those industries particularly where you have to know a lot of what you’ve done
00:55 in your education, you apply it to your day-to-day job.
00:57 I think there’s often jobs around where you do your degree and maybe you don’t use quite a lot of it.
01:02 But chemistry’s one of those things where I don’t think you can ever really know enough,
01:06 you know, there’s always more to learn.
01:08 The skills involved in my day-to-day job;
01:11 you’ve got to be very thorough, you’ve got to have a good concern for standards,
01:15 and observations as well, you might be doing an experiment,
01:18 it might be green the time you leave it, and you come back and it might be green again,
01:23 but I know from experience I’ve done ones and it’s gone like green, pink, brown and back to green again.
01:27 So you know, you’ve missed all that, you know, you’ve got to be quite observant.
01:31 You know, just generally, pay attention, you know, just have a concern for it.
01:36 Often in my work I’ll have done some experiments or work in the laboratory,
01:41 and I’ll have to present, you know collate the information from the results and present that to our group meeting,
01:45 to my manager in general.
01:49 You know, I might have to use the computer, make some graphs and just various other things.
01:43 There’s always like different departments, you might need some analysis work doing,
01:56 so you’ve got to go off and chat with people there and just general communication skills.
02:02 Just, you know, be outgoing really, I think is the key to it.
02:06 I enjoy my work because quite often no two days are the same.
02:10 You’ll be doing work one day and you might have a work plan for the whole week,
02:14 but you’ll do one piece, you’ll do one experiment and it will just scrap all that,
02:18 you know, you’ll just have to completely rethink what you’re going to do based on that one result.
02:22 So in some ways no two days are the same.
02:26 You know, I like that variability because it’s nice.
02:30 I think, from my own personal point of view, the attractions of working here,
02:33 were that I could do my degree and earn a salary while I was doing that, so you know, that was good for me.
02:40 The holidays here are quite generous, I get plenty of time off,
02:44 it’s nice, I enjoy the work, it’s good.
02:47 It was an interesting alternative to going to university, studying for three years, so I quite liked that.
02:54 I think for anybody else who wants to come and do a similar thing,
02:57 then you know generally you’ve just got to have a good interest in your science.
02:59 I mean, at GCSE you don’t really need to know what you’re doing in a few years’ time,
03:04 but if you’re interested in science then follow that through,
03:07 you know you’ve got the option then when you go to college you can decide if you want to go on to university,
03:11 or apply for a modern apprenticeship kind of thing like I’ve done.
03:15 You know, the option’s there, just do what you like doing.
03:18 One of the things that appealed to me about doing chemistry here
03:21 was that I came to the open day, on that open day they took us round one of the manufacturing plants,
03:26 it was there I kind of saw all the huge equipment, like the massive filters and
03:31 big, like, reaction vessels, you know they made the things.
03:36 It was quite awe-inspiring really you know, from being at school and you might do a filter through a piece of paper or something,
03:41 and then you see this gigantic thing a few metres across and you just think ‘wow’, you know,
03:46 kind of, it appealed to me, it looked interesting.