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?
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.