Apprenticeship Week spotlight: Lisa Shaw

Lisa Shaw, NHS Grampian

Lisa Shaw in the Mechanical Engineering Workshop at Altens Campus
Lisa in one of the Mechanical Engineering workshops at Altens Campus

MA in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (Fitting and Assembly)


Lisa was already working in NHS dental services as a lab assistant when she saw an advert giving members of staff the chance to apply for a Modern Apprenticeship.  She was keen to take on a new challenge and knew she wanted a practical job with further progression and a training programme.   

The Modern Apprenticeship involves working at the hospital with patients who are fitted with prosthetics, orthotics, or use manual and electric wheelchairs, and spending three days a week at NESCol's Altens Campus learning theory and practical.

Lisa enjoys working with people and having the opportunity to rotate around different departments during the training.  She said, “I am really enjoying my Modern Apprenticeship – a 9 to 5 desk job would never have suited me!  Being able to work while having the opportunity to learn practical skills is great and I would highly recommend it to others.”

Once qualified, Lisa will be a Mobility and Rehabilitation Technician.  She is keen to continue working in the NHS because there are a range of excellent opportunities.