SYNLAB UK & Ireland:

Emmanuel Folorunsho

Published: 7th February 2023

Science was not always a subject that Emmanuel was drawn to. While at school, finance and accounting seemed more appealing – and it was in these disciplines that he achieved his first degree.

Following a career change and upon beginning a role as a Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA), Emmanuel’s passion for science – and in particular healthcare – was awakened.

Emmanuel soon began looking for ways to grow in his role and it became clear would need another degree qualification. However, taking time out of work to study wasn’t possible due to family commitments.

Emmanuel’s Journey

I wasn’t thriving working in the financial sector, so I began looking for a role that would be a real shift in terms of mentality and soon found myself working as an MLA. Having never really been one to rest on my laurels, I wanted to find a way to progress in my career, but sacrificing my job in order to study wasn’t a viable option for me. When the opportunity to do the apprenticeship came, it seemed like a perfect balance of getting my qualifications and still being able to work full-time.

The balance of work and study took Emmanuel out of his comfort zone, but he was determined to push himself and see just what he could achieve.

The combination of studying and working in the same field was not only useful, but it made so much of what I studied more understandable. The knowledge and context from working in a lab is something I wouldn’t have had if I’d only worked in the field after finishing university. It was invaluable to me.

Support from SYNLAB

Individuals who undertake the SYNLAB Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Scheme receive support from the business on many levels. This support includes:

  • Training support or mentor
  • 20 per cent of work hours for use on studying, off-the-job learning and other development activities
  • Support with practical skills in a laboratory setting

It is a great feeling working for a company that encourages personal development and supports you in reaching your goals.

Emmanuel received formal support from his mentor, as well as the wider team. This enabled him to complete his IBMS portfolio registration process alongside his degree.

Support from SYNLAB also relieved financial pressures, as Emmanuel would still be earning a wage and he could obtain his degree at no cost to himself. Emmanuel’s degree was paid for through the apprenticeship levy which SYNLAB pay in to and is to be used specifically for apprenticeships. SYNLAB.

Top tips from Emmanuel: Get organised. Plan in your study time with your mentor and team so that they can accommodate your needs. If you have quieter periods at work, fill those with extra study or reading. Make use of all the knowledge around you and, if you are struggling to understand anything, ask for help – after all, you will be surrounded by knowledgeable experts.
So, what’s next…?

I plan on working on my specialist portfolio to see where that takes me.

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