Manufacturing Apprentice at GSK

Start Date:
2018
Location:
Scotland
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£13,500 annually
Review Date:
February 2019

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Review Score

10 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

10/10

For the first year of my apprenticeship, I am spending my time in college, completing the PEO and HNC manufacturing qualifications. I am spending 5 days a week, 9-4 in college, before going on site in June when colleges shut. After inductions on site I will be shadowing operators on shift and learning the trade, which may include kegging etc, until I am signed off as competent to work unsupervised.

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

10/10

As I am still in my first year at college, I have been gaining a lot of new skills during the courses, both hands-on and computer skills. I have learned how to program and operate CNC machines, how to operate mills and lathes, while also learning how to weld etc.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

I really enjoy my programme as I am able to learn key skills which I can transfer onto site when it comes to the summer. I have also been able to meet a lot of new people, who have made the experience even more enjoyable. During my time in college, my manager has been in contact with me, making sure everything has been going well, which helps to be in contact with the site.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

10/10

My programme is structured extremely well, the first year at college gives you qualifications and key skills to allow you to set yourself a benchmark. These skills can be transferred onto site to allow you to work effectively and do a good job for your company. The skills you learn in college are there to allow you to improve on them during the rest of the apprenticeship.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

I receive a lot of support from my employer. My manager is always in contact with me during my course at college to make sure I have everything I need, and to make sure everything is going well. There are also helplines within the company where I can speak to someone for extra help, should I ever need it.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

10/10

In college I receive a lot of support, should I need any clarification on anything or any advice, I can go to student support, or to any one of the lecturers and they will gladly help. They provide all the necessary information towards gaining the qualifications and are happy to give extra support should we ask for it.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

10/10

The skills we gain and improve on in college are those that can be transferred to work and become a benchmark, to which we can further improve on the job. There are a number of hands-on skills I am learning in college, which I may well be given the opportunity to use on site.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)

10/10

At work, we are given the opportunity in our first year to attend a resilience event, where all UK apprentices attend. Also, in April, we have the opportunity to go on an outward bound course in the Lake District. UK apprentices will be in attendance, as well as other apprentices from other countries.

9a. Would you recommend GSK to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

GSK is a fantastic company to be a part of, you are looked after well and are given the best opportunities to further improve yourself and your skills. You are given the chance to meet so many new people in your first year especially, while at college, as well as extra-curricular activities. During our second year we are able to gain the experience of working on site, meeting the teams and learning the trade on the job.

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

For others applying, I would say, should you be given the chance to work for this company, you should jump at that chance, you will not regret it. Be the best you can be, always put yourself forward and push yourself to try do new things and go to these extra-curricular events.

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