1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Lab Analyst Sampling and testing raw materials that come on site and passing them for use. I interact with various people in my day to day job, both colleagues and external workers My responsibilities increase week by week as I am signed off to perform tasks by myself I am involved in a number of projects both as part of the apprenticeship (i.e. fundraising) and as part of the company/site as a whole (i.e. STEM ambassador)
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed all scientific and analytical skills that I had learned prior to starting here as well as developing many new skills through my day to day work
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my programme and I look forward to every new day and what I will be learning. I get on well with the people I come into contact with every day. The job is meeting my expectations and in many cases surpassing them in the volume of hands on work I do, both supervised and unsupervised.
4. How valued do you feel by GSK?
I feel like I am well valued by GSK. I receive praise from both colleagues in my time as well as my managers and site managers. A number of times, things I have done have been recognised internally and communicated to others on site I am being asked to get involved in a number of different tasks and projects which while not immediately relevant to my apprenticeship, help to give a better understanding of the site and how it functions, and also gives me the opportunity to meet people I would not usually have contact with on site
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program is fairly well structured, a plan is laid out for what order each of the labs is visited, however training in the labs has been delayed by computer system access. Support is plentiful and there is always someone I can speak to if a problem arises. I am given plenty time to study and to complete college and course work which has been assigned to me. The induction as thorough and well delivered. The mentor system is well structured and my mentor is very helpful.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Support is very easily accessible, people are very keen to help out with any problems I have and encourage me to raise problems. Everyone I have spoken to is very eager to know how I am coping and how things are going.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive plenty support from my manager, he is always available should I need anything. My mentor is always available should I need help which it is not necessary to raise to a manager.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary meets my living costs well. My wage is more than enough o cover my lifestyle. Any travel that I do on company business is reimbursed at a good rate. The location of my place of work is easy to get to for me.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I am regularly invited to company events and am encouraged to volunteer at activities such as STEM events. I am now a qualified STEM Ambassador thanks to GSK.
9a. Would you recommend GSK to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
GSK is a brilliant company to work for, youth does not hold you back, you are provided the same opportunities as any other employee. The people are lovely to work with which really helps in a job.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to GSK? *
If you are at all hesitant then apply. It was the best decision I made, you are treated incredibly well and every body is so nice and eager to help.
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