Why Biochemica? Lab Technician Nathan Dicicco Gives us the Lowdown on his Apprenticeship
We have a history of taking on apprentices at Biochemica Water, often recruiting ambitious young adults out of school and developing them into successful employees in their field. Our apprenticeship scheme has been extremely successful, and we have proven to be an attractive option for apprentices, with the vast majority choosing to continue their employment with us upon the conclusion of their course. In the past month we have taken on three young apprentices, one as a warehouse operative and two lab technicians.
One of the lab technicians, Nathan Dicicco, has been based at a local petrochemical company and is showing early signs of progress. “The apprenticeship is going great so far; the structure of the role is brilliant, and I have been set clear targets that link with my course at college which has really enabled me to develop in the role.” Nathan is one of the older apprentices at Biochemica Water and has always had his mind set on working in the chemical industry. “Growing up a Teesside lad, the chemical and petrochemical industries have been huge since I was little. I have family members who have worked in this industry and told me about the day to day roles they had. Once I heard about their jobs I had my mind set on working within this field.”
It was clear from day one that Nathan is a very talented individual, but what impressed our interview panel the most was the way he mirrored his values with the seven core values of Biochemica Water. “I am very proud to be an employee of this company. Biochemica Water’s seven company values closely mirror my worth ethos; I strongly focus on being dedicated, flexible and safe whilst at work” and when asked why he chose Biochemica Water he responded by saying “the company offer a structured career path that is both exciting and challenging which is a great motivation for me to give 110% every day. My colleagues are both helpful and supportive which gives me all the tools I need to really enjoy coming to work.”
In the past, apprenticeships have been knocked for their poor quality. A 2015 report in the Financial Times suggested that most apprentice schemes offer ‘little beyond traditional work experience’ but this is a notion Nathan disagrees with. “I think apprenticeships are a fantastic way to combine hands on practical work with theoretical learning. It allows you to build upon basic skills you already have as well as learning new ones whilst shadowing experienced staff members.” Nathan has big plans for the future after his apprenticeship, and Biochemica features heavily “I would like to build a solid career path within the company, taking each step at a time. I’d like to develop a thorough understanding of industrial water treatment and hopefully become an asset for the company.”