Apprenticeships

My apprenticeship journey in Clinical Engineering by Alice Duncan

Last updated: 16th June 2021

Find out about Alice’s apprenticeship journey and her experiences so far.

My name is Alice Duncan and I’m currently in my first year of the new Level 4 Healthcare Science Apprenticeship, which is offered by the Medical Physics and Engineering department of Leeds Teaching Hospitals. I come from a strong science background, having just completed my A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. I was unsure as to what I wanted to do after Sixth Form, but knew that I wanted something in the healthcare sector. When looking at NHS apprenticeships, I came across this one and was instantly drawn to the opportunities provided. I’ve always loved the idea of engineering, but I thought it would be a challenge to get into as I had not taken Maths at A-Level. Fortunately, this wasn’t a barrier in my application, and I’m really glad that I applied to be here today.

The application process definitely seemed daunting at first. Writing your supporting information, attending an assessment day and then an interview if you’re successful all seems a bit much – but every aspect is thoroughly explained and there really is nothing to worry about.

Prior to the official in person induction, myself and the other new apprentices had regular Teams meetings to get to know each other better and get updates on the recruitment process. Come September, we were all familiar with each other, which certainly made things a little less awkward!

Induction was what you would expect – tours, talks and paperwork, but realising where I was and that this is the beginning of my engineering career was really exciting and I couldn’t wait to start. It was impressive how seamless and well organised the whole process was, despite being in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly the work environment is. Everyone is always willing to answer any questions you have, and support you in your personal and professional development.

I’ve met many great people in my few months of being here, and am looking forward to meeting people from the all other teams within the department too.

So far I’ve spent a lot of time working in Radiotherapy on the Linear Accelerators, learning how to run them up and perform various maintenance activities. No two days here are the same, and getting practical experience to go alongside the theory aspect of the apprenticeship is a fantastic way to learn.

In the future, I hope to progress to the Level 6 Healthcare Science Degree Apprenticeship to further my learning and understanding of clinical engineering. I’m really enjoying my time here, and I look forward to seeing the technology we work with develop, and being at the forefront alongside it.


Apprentice profile

Name: Alice Duncan
Age: 19 years
Apprenticeship: 1st year Level 4 Healthcare Science Diploma Apprentice
Employer: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Training Provider: Dudley College / Avensys Medical