The Ely student who lost her voice but found a career opportunity whilst being treated in hospital
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SOPHIE Burdass lost her voice but gained an apprenticeship after spotting the opening during a hospital visit.
Now the Ely teenager has become Cambridge Regional College’s 3,500th apprentice in training - a record figure for the college.
Sophie became the record-holder when she joined Cambridge University Hospitals as an administration apprentice – finding the job whilst being treated for her lost voice.
Whilst at Addenbrooke’s the 18-year-old spotted saw the college run stall and ended up as the newest member of the hospital’s work opportunities team.
Sophie, whose ambition is to be a nurse, said: “I didn’t know much about apprenticeships until I went to the stall that CRC had in the concourse at Addenbrooke’s.
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“I was at Ely Sixth Form College studying sociology, psychology and health and social care but the ‘traditional’ way of learning wasn’t really suiting me.
“I thought a more hands-on approach would be better suited.”
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Angela Hughes, who heads the apprenticeship programme at CRC, said she was delighted that Sophie had become the college’s 3,500th apprentice.
“Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for employers and apprentices – they are the gold standard of workplace training,” she said.