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Gaining a place on the Consort Medical Graduate Scheme is one of Ashleigh's proudest achievements

Ashleigh Watson – Operations Graduate

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Ashleigh Watson – Operations Graduate

When doing my work experience at school I spent a week in a capsule company, and found the process interesting. So when choosing my degree I chose Material Science and Engineering as this would give me an understanding of the technicalities for the industry. I studied at Imperial College London  and undertook  biomaterial, polymer and metal modules. When it came time to search for a graduate scheme, I very much focused my search on the pharmaceutical industry as it seemed like the best way for me to help as many people as possible. I was over the moon when I got offered the Job at Aesica. I started with a 6month rotation in packaging, where I assisted with the serialisation process and got hands on experience with the challenges and realities of a manufacturing environment. I was then moved to the HCMF facility, which has given me a perspective of what it’s like being in a single product dedicated plant, dealing with a valued customer and the challenges of a 24/7 shift environment. I will be sent on a secondment to Monheim in Germany in May which I am very excited about to see how different parts of the business approach things and to meet more of the Aesica family. In my second year of the scheme I will be off to Bespak in Norfolk, where I will spend a year learning that side of the business and hopefully share some ideas to implement best practise and how best different areas of Consort can work together.

My proudest achievements in life so far are getting this job as well as passing my degree, and not falling over at graduation!

Don’t let the fear of what could happen make nothing happen.”

What drew me to Aesica was in a large part how welcomed I felt on my assessment day, there were senior members of staff who came and had tea with all of us and really seemed like they wanted to get to know you. There were also logical thinking tests and group exercises but these were hands-on and barely felt like an assessment centre. As well as interviews we were also given a tour around some parts of the facility which helped to visualise where you would potentially be working. After the interview what made me pick Consort Medical as an employer was the developmental opportunities and support they were offering, as well as rotating round the business. I have been sent on Lean 6 sigma training, received quality training and have a mentor who I can talk to whenever I need. The executive board are also invested in their graduates and within the first month we had met