Laboratory Analyst - Apprentice at GSK

Start Date:
2013
Location:
Ware, Hertfordshire
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4)
Salary:
£19,000 annually
Review Date:
3rd March 2016

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Review Score

8.4/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

8/10

My role is a laboratory analyst in a QA lab. Over the course of my apprenticeship I have worked in incoming materials lab, oral solid dose lab and the respiratory lab. My day-to-day role is to carry out a number of tests in order to assure the quality of the product, I also support other analysts carrying out testing.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

10/10

I have developed my confidence when talking in front of people, this is through team meetings and also becoming a STEM ambassador - which is something that working for GSK has allowed me to do.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

I thoroughly enjoy my apprenticeship, I feel as though I am treated as an equal to all other analysts even though I am technically still training. I enjoy moving around all of the labs to get exposure to the different departments.

4. How valued do you feel by GSK?

7/10

I do feel valued by GSK as a whole, this is shown by trips planned for apprentices (such as a two day visit to GSK house with group and team building activities). However, I feel that sometimes individual teams could value apprentices more.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

6/10

The university and GSK do not communicate much, I feel that this is an area that could be improved.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

8/10

There is always support there if I need it.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

9/10

GSK is very good at accommodating for apprentices. If there is any extra study time needed they are more than happy to allocate some, we are encouraged that our studies come first.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

10/10

Very well!!

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

10/10

Yes there are many opportunities - work and non-work related!

9a. Would you recommend GSK to a friend? *

Yes

9b. Why? *

I feel that GSK is a very good company to work for. Since joining I have developed a number of skills and been given so many opportunities I otherwise would've never been given.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to GSK? *

Show you are passionate as that is the main aspect of anyone who works here.

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