In September 2019, Anglia Ruskin University’s (ARU’s) Cambridge campus will begin the first year of its new – and currently unique in the UK – Data Scientist Degree Apprenticeship for the bioinformatics profession. Ahead of this, ARU and the Wellcome Sanger Institute have set up a “Lunch and Learn” panel event for hiring managers and talent acquisition specialists, looking at how they can best recruit and support top apprentices.

While Wellcome Sanger were the lead partner on the project, input to the course design and content were also provided by major companies including Illumina, Eagle Genomics and SciBite, as well as other key players within the genomics field. The course will be delivered with a combination of part-time and distance learning study over a period of four years.

The Lunch and Learn event will be looking to give advice on:

• building a case for recruiting apprentices

• allocating a budget

• creating a recruitment campaign

• mentoring and supporting apprentices in the workplace

The event will take place on 4 March 2019 during National Apprenticeship Week, between 12pm and 2:30pm in Hinxton, near Cambridge. The event is free to attend, and individuals can register for the meeting on the Eventbrite page.

Post-event, a “Bioinformatics Apprentice Clinic” will run on the site for the rest of the afternoon, with Sanger and ARU staff on hand to give further advice and answer questions. Beyond this, employees can also access advice and help from ARU’s Degrees at Work team, with the ability to promote their vacancies and develop a recruitment pipeline through local schools and colleges.

More information on the event can be found on these LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.