"It is a perfect way to work – I have more energy and new ideas"
Kristaps is a Junior Technical Manager at Regal Food Products, studying BSc Professional Practice in Food Technology at Hallam.
"I tend to do as much work as possible during the week and finish work earlier on Fridays to do assignments."
"In the beginning of 2018 I was looking at different universities and degrees myself as I thought it was the right time for it. A few months later my employer offered me a Food Technology apprenticeship. At the time I didn’t even know what it was, but after research I understood that with the apprenticeship I will be able to develop myself and the company at the same time. I did multiple courses in food safety field before starting my apprenticeship but that only gave a basic knowledge of the industry, whereas now the insight is much broader.
This is my first year and currently I’m attending university every second month for three to four day modules. It is a perfect way to work and study at the same time and gives a chance to get away from everyday routine, so when I go back to work, I have more energy and new ideas to implement within the business."
An apprenticeship course you can complete while working in a related job role, qualifying as a degree-level food technology professional.
"Balancing work and study probably is the hardest challenge. I tend to do as much work as possible during the week and finish work earlier on Fridays to do assignments. Of course, it doesn’t always go as planned so studying on weekend is also something I had to get used to.
It is very important to work with your employer. That way as a part of the apprenticeship you will be involved in different projects for your assignments and understand how the industry works."