BUILD THE FUTURE – Dillon launches higher career aspirations
“The Degree Apprenticeship will open a lot of doors for me in terms of progression within my company and it’s definitely a pathway to more senior positions.”
Dillon Ford, 21 from Droitwich Spa, is on course to launch his career further by studying for a Laboratory Science Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Wolverhampton, with his studies funded by his employer, Roxel, through the Apprenticeship Levy.
Roxel are a company who manufacture solid propulsion systems for various forms of missiles used in the Armed Forces. Dillon’s role as a Laboratory Technician involves the analysis of components used in the manufacture of these systems, ensuring they meet the requirements needed.
After studying Psychology, Maths, Chemistry and Physics at Sixth Form, he was initially interested in a career in Forensics or an alternative Chemistry based role. He aspired to go to university, but took a gap year and during that time, secured a job at Roxel to fund his future studies.
When the opportunity came up to study for the Degree Apprenticeship, Dillon was attracted to the fact that he could learn while he was still earning.
He said: “It was ideal for me. I could still earn, still work in a lab environment which I love, and I could complete my education at the same time. I enjoy the analytical side that Chemistry brings so this Apprenticeship is a perfect fit for me.
“I’ve learned things that I can directly apply to my work. It really helps to know what’s going on behind the kind of reactions and testing that I do on a daily basis and it’s useful to see it put into practice in the real world.
“The Degree Apprenticeship will open a lot of doors for me in terms of progression within my company and it’s definitely a pathway to more senior positions.
“The support I’ve had at the University and at work has been excellent and I would 100% recommend a Degree Apprenticeship to anyone.”