Meet Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards Advanced Apprentice of the Year Aaron Scott

The Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards recognised the best talent in the county with a special presentation evening on Tuesday 24th April 2018 in the beautiful setting of The Orangery at Blenheim Palace.

The Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award was won by Aaron Scott, who has recently completed a Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship with the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Aaron was chosen as the winner by sponsor SST Technology because he is clearly passionate about Apprenticeships and a great example of why Apprenticeships should be considered as a serious career choice and an alternative to university.


Having not achieved the requirements at school to go to university, Aaron secured a four-year Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship with STFC, working on a variety of projects at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Diamond Light Source.

During the course of his Apprenticeship, Aaron completed a number of placements, undertaking a variety of job roles and gaining increased responsibility. This included a three-week placement on the neutron source in Grenoble and a two-month placement at CERN, where he undertook a technician’s role, providing support for a number of experiments and the beam itself.

Aaron said: “This Apprenticeship has motivated me to seek avenues in which to develop myself further through the academic channel, which resulted in me funding a HND myself. This is a year course which allows me to progress my career and has given me a wider scope for progression.”

Tracy Dewhirst, Marketing Manager at SST Technology said: “After leaving school and not achieving the requirements to go on to university, Aaron could have just given up and accepted that he will not gain the degree status that he desired. However, he was so motivated by the Apprenticeship, that he pursued further avenues in which to develop himself while still on the Apprenticeship, which resulted in him funding a HND himself. This allowed him to progress his career and has given him a wider scope for progression and will lead on to a degree. We believe that Aaron is a worthy winner of the Award as has clearly demonstrated that he turned failure back into success to obtain his original dream of obtaining a degree.”

Aaron’s Line Manager Lisa Faircloth said: “I have been particularly impressed with how Aaron has developed over the past years of his Apprenticeship; he has been able to express himself in a more confident manner and has developed his communication and interpersonal skills. Aaron is a very motivated young man and is very positive and driven to be the best he can, he gives 100%. He is a delight to work with and a great asset to the Apprenticeship scheme.”

Aaron says: “To anyone who is thinking about starting an Apprenticeship, I would say that it is the best thing that I have done in my life. I have personally found that an Apprenticeship is what you make of it. The more effort and motivation that you put into your Apprenticeship the bigger the reward with unlimited potential. An Apprenticeship is definitely the best way to start your career!”