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Matt Ainsworth

Engineer and Apprentice Mentor, Thermo Fisher Scientific


Matt Ainsworth

For some time we had recognised a requirement for an apprentice to join us at our Thermo Fisher site in Warrington. We established the multiple benefits an apprentice could bring to the team, coupled with the experience and time we would be willing to invest in the individual.

St Helens College played a key, pivotal role in this apprentice acquisition. When we approached them, it was instantly clear to us that we had made the right decision in choosing St Helens College, as their experience and professionalism was apparent.

Time was spent together, creating a job advert that attracted the right individual's imagination to a successful career path with Thermo Fisher.

A shortlist was compiled and constant communication enabled us to interview several likely candidates.

We appointed sixteen-year-old Olivia Wootton as our Mechanical Engineering apprentice. Since Olivia’s successful interview in the selection process, we established that Thermo Fisher would benefit from training her, focusing her development on the relevant industry sector and, as a result, she will have extensive knowledge of the company’s specific requirements.

We hope that Olivia will develop transferable skills specific to the industry sector and the organisation. Ongoing opportunities at Thermo Fisher coupled with Olivia’s knowledge and skills paves the way for continued employment and career development that are mutually beneficial.

Based on the success of Olivia, we are hoping to grow our pool of apprentices further in the near future.

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