Discover what it is like to work at CPI from those who are on an apprenticeship.

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We pride ourselves on having a culture that gives everyone a chance to shape their future success and that encourages people to reach their potential. Find out what it is like to work at the CPI from those who are on educational placement.

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Apprenticeship Stories

A photo of Oliver Scott, an apprentice at CPI.

CPI have offered great flexibility with my learning, and give me time to work on any university work I have to do.

Oliver Scott — Degree Level Laboratory Scientist

A photo of Emma Colbeck, an apprentice at CPI.

CPI gives you the opportunity to take part in lots of internal and external training, whether it is training for a specific piece of equipment or training to develop personal qualities. I know that everything I do at CPI will benefit my career and future self.

Emma Colbeck — Degree Level Apprentice — Laboratory Technician

A photo of Hannah Steel, an apprentice at CPI.

CPI invests in you and helps you become the best you can be, both professionally and academically. It offers support, wherever it is needed, and the people here are always checking to make sure everything is going well.

Hannah Steel — Degree Level Apprentice — Laboratory Technician

Photo of Ellie Price - Degree Level Apprentice – Laboratory Scientist

The best part of the apprenticeship is getting to play an active role in project work. This enables me to work with different people and learn new skills. Every day is different!

Ellie Price — Degree Level Apprentice – Laboratory Scientist

Before joining, I worked as a Shift Manager at McDonalds while I was studying Instrumentation and Control. CPI offers training opportunities as well as giving you the flexibility to complete it. 

Joe Harris

Equipment Technician

Being an apprentice at CPI has allowed me to get involved in a variety of activities to increase my experience and skills in a number of areas 

Aaron Parkinson

Apprentice Facilities Co-ordinator

In terms of its employees and the development opportunities CPI invests to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be the best that they can be. 

Jenny Pitt

Learning and Development Apprentice

Photo of Abby Clark - Degree Level Apprentice Laboratory Technician
The best part of my apprenticeship is the wide range of knowledge I am able to gain. I am able to switch between different areas within the lab (upstream, downstream and analytical) to provide myself with a wider skill set.

Abby Clark — Degree Level Apprentice Laboratory Technician

Photo of James Cole - Manufacturing Apprentice
My advice for anyone considering an apprenticeship is that it is a great opportunity to learn as well as gain experience at the same time. It is also a very good way to start your career in an industry.

James Cole — Manufacturing Apprentice

Photo of Olivia - Apprentice Laboratory Technician
At CPI If you decide you want to be trained in something or have any extra questions everyone is willing to help and will often go out of their way to do what they can.

Olivia Cook — Apprentice Laboratory Technician