Kent apprentice, Joss Field, presented a poster about his experience as a degree apprentice at the LGBT STEMinar.
The conference was a great way to build his confidence with public speaking and presenting. Joss described the conference as ‘a really positive experience’ and expressed his interest in returning next year.
Joss studies FdSc/BSc (Hons) in Applied Bioscience Technology and his poster, titled The Life of a Medimmune Degree Apprentice, made explaining the importance and benefit of apprenticeships in this field easy and accessible to everyone.
When approaching people about his poster, Joss discovered that many had misconceptions about STEM degree apprenticeships. Through these discussions, Joss was able to educate them about how apprentices are well paid and carry out integral roles within their companies.
The LGBT STEMinar is ‘designed for people who work or study in STEM subjects and identify as LGBT+’ (https://lgbtstem.wordpress.com/lgbtsteminar-conference/). The conference exists to showcase and celebrate diversity within this field. It also allows for collaborations between people from companies and universities who may not interact otherwise.