Katty O’Brien-Quilty has just successfully completed the third year of her degree apprenticeship, studying towards a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Greenwich alongside working as a Laboratory Analyst within the Thames Water laboratory in Reading.
After completing her A-Levels, she took a year out to work and travel, providing an opportunity to research different options besides the traditional university route. Katty looked into Chemistry Apprenticeships as this was her favourite subject at school and provided the routine working schedule she enjoyed.
Katty started at Thames Water in September 2017 in the Organics Department, carrying out routine analysis on clean and wastewater samples, ensuring results are below regulatory limits.
Outside of work, Katty gets involved with outreach to younger people by attending career fairs on behalf of Thames Water, where she encourages students to consider whether an apprenticeship is a possible route they could follow on their own learning pathway. In November 2019, she represented Thames Water and the Royal Society of Chemistry at the International Year of the Periodic Table event hosted at the Royal Institute of Science, where she shared her love of chemistry with young attendees.