Engineering Draughtsman at GSK

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£17,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2016

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


I'm an Engineering Draughtsman and I've just been offered a landing role at the site I work for. Responsibilities will be to control and manage the site drawing records. I work in an office with around 50 people and they are all very helpful and supportive should you require any assistance.

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


Level 3 BTEC in Mechanical Engineering, HND in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering machining techniques using lathes and milling machines. Potential to upgrade my HND to a BSc/BEng.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy my day to day work and I'm made to feel a part of the team. I couldn't have asked anymore from an apprenticeship, it has allowed me to gain the technical knowledge required to do the job I wanted. GSK have also funded me and supported me throughout my studies.

4. How valued do you feel by GSK?


Reviews and weekly meetings provide me with feedback and support on what I'm doing well and what I can improve on. I'm made to feel empowered and responsible for work that I produce.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The first year is fairly relaxed as you get to learn the ropes of the company. Most of the time is spent at college learning valuable skills that can be applied to the workplace. The second year, you will focus more specifically in the trade you are interested in. Third and fourth years you will be given more responsibility so that you can prove you are ready to be offered a full time landing role at the end of the apprenticeship.

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


The training providers I've studied with do their best to provide you with a tailored course. Depending on which provider you are with will depend on the quality and support you receive.

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


The team I work with are hugely supportive and do their best to answer any issues I have in the workplace. Managers and HR representatives on-site are always available and approachable should any problems arise.

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


There are yearly reviews of salary and bonuses based on personal and site performance that can be claimed yearly. These

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There are various networking events where you get the opportunity to bond with peers.

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


9b. Why? *

GlaxoSmithKline is a great company to work for with a really friendly and supportive atmosphere.

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

Take time with your application, if you are really enthusiastic about joining GSK this should be portrayed in your application. Present yourself well and stand out from the rest.

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