1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Job Title: Control Systems Apprentice
Daily Tasks: Understanding Q3 Deviation Investigations and carrying out the corrective and preventative actions on the control systems with all appropriate documentation for a GMP pharmaceutical process. Daily Interactions: Change control meeting where system changes are approved by other departments on site such as validation and quality. Responsibilities: Managing my time and my workload to effectively deliver the system changes with documentation such as design and testing. Keeping a log book up to date showing my learnings in work. Doing assignments each week that I present to my line manager as part of my apprenticeship.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned a vast amount of new skills so far during my apprenticeship - From my external qualifications to internal ones. As well as my day to day learning of control systems engineering and the vast amounts of validation documentation and how to be diligent in creating it.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy my apprenticeship programme, I have so far had a vast amount of fantastic opportunities. My day to day role is great and I have the opportunity to work on more complex system changes every day - gaining more and more responsibilities. Also my apprenticeship structure is brilliant - I have a learning and development advisor who has lots of plant knowledge and we have to present to him about out site/learnings each week which is a great way to learn.
4. How valued do you feel by GSK?
I feel extremely valued by GSK and I have been rewarded in various ways - through day to day appreciation from my manager/colleagues. But also I have been nominated for the CIA Young Ambassador award by my manager and I am extremely grateful for him to make the effort to do this.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Due to our learning and development team my apprenticeship programme is extremely structured, with a rotation system around departments and with our log books being thoroughly checked to ensure we are taking notes. All training is well organised for out large qualifications as well as smaller internal courses such as manual handling.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Not as much support from my training provider. A tutor does come in to visit us but there is no reason for me to use them for any kind of support.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive fantastic support from my employer, my line manager and all of the colleagues are happy to help out with any issue or direct me to someone who can.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary package is suitable for the stage of my career I am in and it allows me to live and pay board as well as save towards a deposit for a mortgage.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes there are many opportunities that I get involved with such as the Brathay Challenge, GO4SET mentoring scheme, careers talks at school, careers fairs. As well as this STEM based work there are charity events such as the 'Dragon Boat Race' on windermere in support of breast cancer.
9a. Would you recommend GSK to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because it is a fantastic company to work for, if you work hard, you are rewarded for it and I believe the training is fantastic.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to GSK? *
Be confident on the assessment days and try to speak up in the activities.
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