The University of Salford’s Environment and Life Science degree apprenticeship programmes are a key area of development. The Biomedical Science degree apprenticeship programme has expanded rapidly over the past couple of years and the university has plans to develop further programmes in this area from 2019/20 based on employer demand.

The university works closely with employer partners to offer these industry-relevant programmes and is always keen to hear from employers in terms of their workforce development needs.


This alternative route to higher level qualifications can be accessed by your current employees or used as a tool to attract new talent to your business.

  • Develop and up-skill your workforce in a cost-effective way.
  • Recruit and develop ambitious, motivated employees.
  • Increase retention by offering your workforce the chance to develop and progress.
  • Retain your talent and gain access to a broader pool of employees.
  • Tailor learning to your requirements.
  • Work around your commitments with flexible study options.

Deborah Seddon, Haematology and Blood Bank Manager, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

“We are currently supporting an employee through the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science apprenticeship programme at the University of Salford. The initial interest within the NHS in apprenticeships came from the impact the levy was having on our budget.

I really believe apprenticeships are the way forward for our career – being able to grow your own talent and nurture the individual along the way results in a more knowledgeable Biomedical Scientist at the end. The apprentice will have the opportunity to encounter more situations with support before they start working alone. I also believe it is healthy to have employees on such training programmes in the department as it keeps everyone on their toes – we are all continually refreshing our knowledge of developments in the field.

I am passionate about Salford and about increasing the opportunities for individuals across the region and apprenticeships are the perfect route for people to pursue a career across a number of different sectors.”

Shane Rhodes, Apprentice Biomedical Scientist, Manchester Royal Infirmary

“The Biomedical Science degree apprenticeship and my role within the haematology and transfusion lab at Manchester Royal Infirmary go hand in hand – the on the job learning in the workplace really helps to consolidate the knowledge and theory from the classroom. If you are looking to get into a career as a Biomedical Scientist, then it really is a no brainer to go down the apprenticeship route – the real-world experience in the lab makes you such an asset to the team right from day one.”

Dr Lucy Smyth, Biomedical Science Programme Leader, University of Salford

“The Biomedical Science apprenticeship programme is delivered via day-release where apprentices spend time in the labs on campus and are integrated into the main teaching cohorts with the traditional students. The vocational skills that apprentices are learning on the job are crucial to their role as a Biomedical Scientist in their respective organisations and the application of the theory learnt on campus to the workplace is key.”

Applications are now open for September 2019!

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