Engineering Apprentice at GSK

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£12,500 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 am at college 5 days a week, completing educational courses involving electrical and mechanical tasks, it involves using machines such as lathes and also creating electrical circuits.

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


Yes, I will achieve a level 3 Performing Engineering Operations Qualification in mechanical and electrical engineering and a HNC for mechanical engineering. I have completed a 5 day mechanical maintenance course and many more training oppotunities to come.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy working in the environment I am in; college involves classroom work and practical work such as in a workshop. I have met lots of new people.

4. How valued do you feel by GSK?


I feel valued because I have been given this oppotunity to improve my skills with the support of the company. I have been involved with many tasks offered by GSK and have enjoyed them.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


It is well structured as I have a good understanding of what I am expected to do in this apprenticeship.

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


Generally, support from college tutors would be increased and the tutors to have more avaliability for us to ask for help.

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


When I ask for help I am certain that there will be someone who can help me.

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


very well

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


there are lots of events, volunteering days (orange days), Big bang events, school promotional events locally and public events including a small carnival in the local town.

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


9b. Why? *

It is an amazing oppotunity to gain and improve your skill set. Glaxo is very suppporting and will give you a great start in life in terms of career, opportunity and experience. Definitely worth it financially compared to university!

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

Make sure you only apply if you really want it and dont apply because someone told you and complete the application process on your own as the company are employing you and not your parents! Make sure you practise being interviewed before the day to gain confidence in yourself and your answers.

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