• 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • I am a mechanical engineer apprentice, My dailyrole on site is do report to my shift leader and see which jobs they would like me to work on, I work with the mechanical fitter team each day. 4 days of my week I am at college and am studying mechanical engineering, mechanical craft and electrical instalation


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Ive gained a level 2 btec in electrical installation, mechanical craft and completed my level 3 diploma in mechanical engineering, I will be doing the extended diploma next year. I have completed many training courses on site and have learnt how to interact with others in the workplace and adopt a corporate attitude.


  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • I enjoy the program hugely, at work there is always something different to each day. All the people I work with are very nice and are respectful and I am treated equal to them.


  • 4. How valued do you feel by GSK?
  • Very, I feel that people respect me always, although im an apprentice I am treated equally. People often praise me for my work at college or on site.


  • 5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • Very. All inductions and initial setup of college and work is sorted out in the first week, on site I have been rotated from various departments so I can pick my best trade. We have a weekly meeting to discuss any problems or general questions.


  • 6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
  • They are very helpful and supportive and really try to tailor my education to get the best from me, they are also always there if i have any questions


  • 6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • The company supports me well, they want me to do my very best and exceed targets. They always try their best to help me if i have any problems and generally make my work and college life as good as it can be.


  • 7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
  • My salary is very good, I am left with a good amount of money at the end of them month after saving and paying all my outgoings, we also receive payrises and bonuses.


  • 8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
  • I recently took part in the annual team building trip, this year the trip was to the outward bound Eskdale centre. A trip in which I spent a week in Eskdale doing various activity's with a group of GSK apprentices from all over the country, this was extremely good as I got to speak to other apprentices in the same position as me.


  • 9. Would you recommend GSK to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 9b. Why?
  • Being paid to learn and get experience is the best, and being pushed to do better than you thought you could in a company like this is amazing, it allows me to reach my dream of being a engineer.

  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to GSK?
  • Fill the initial application form and dont be scared to really sell yourself, as long as you can back it all up and prove it.


Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)

Engineering & Manufacturing

Central London & City

August 2016

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