1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a Laboratory Apprentice and my day to day role is very varied but it can be whole days in the Lab working on certain projects or working at the desk writing up experiments and testing other types of products other than Pharmaceuticals.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learned so many new skills and these involve the following; - Team Leadership - Analytical techniques such as HPLC - GMP - Team Building - Presenting Many more besides but these are a few.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
On the whole it is a fantastic experience. Lots of help from professionals, a great culture with fundamental moral values. Every day is a challenge and different and that is why I like it. I like pushing myself and at GSK you have the opportunity to do so.
4. How valued do you feel by GSK?
On the whole you feel valued due to the nature of the work and the realisation of the importance of your job on the supply chain and knowing the work ends up with the patients.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme has been organised to a good level. During the apprentice ship everything is set out for you, training and university for example. However there has been a lack of organisation when it comes to off boarding apprentices and the opportunities available.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Training from GSK is very good and thorough. Whether this is online modules or face to face training. There are always people willing to help as well if you get stuck. You never feel afraid to ask questions.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support is plentiful, people are always willing to help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Overall the wage is enough to support yourself and a bit more. Its not extravagant but it is fair considering the training that is also being provided.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many other teams you can get involved with outside your main job. For example I lead a team of apprentices on trying to improve the programme for all GSK apprentices. There is also times to get involved at local schools to talk about GSK.
9a. Would you recommend GSK to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
You learn a lot about working for a big company. You get lots of support from the teams and you gain a lots of skills and qualifications which will help you in the future.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to GSK? *
Research the company. Know what you want to do. Be positive and confident and don't be afraid to ask questions. All the best minds are enquiring minds.
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