Oban Jones and Rebecca May

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Oban Jones and Rebecca May, Lloyds Register Foundation Apprentices


PML is pleased to announce the arrival of two new Lloyd’s Register Foundation Apprentices, Rebecca May and Oban Jones, who recently started their careers at PML.

During their time at PML, the apprentices will be learning many of the skills required of a marine technician including sea-going fieldwork, hands on technology development and analytical laboratory techniques.  They will predominantly be supporting the work of the internationally renowned Western Channel Observatory which contains some of the longest oceanographic and biological time-series in the world. In addition, they will receive training in public education and outreach, which are also necessary skills for today’s scientists.

Oban and Rebecca, both funded by the generous support of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, will receive additional academic training at South Devon College towards a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) qualification.

Dr Tim Smyth, Head of Science for Marine Biogeochemistry and Observations at PML commented: “Modern Apprenticeships represent a new way of working for us at PML, and gives us the opportunity to train the next generation of scientists right from the get-go.”

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