Apprentice Technician at GSK

Start Date:
2018
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£1,022 monthly
Review Date:
March 2019

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Review Score

9.8 /10

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

10/10

Take over operations from previous team and attend morning brief by senior engineer. Do a walk down in plant with senior technician to check for any abnormalities and safety hazards. Take down readings as requested by engineers. Conduct sampling and testing of samples when required. Conduct routine checks and monitoring to ensure smooth operation of the plant.

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

10/10

Learned many new industrial related skills such as safety in chemical handling, how to perform trouble shooting in various equipment and operations, perform sampling and testing, perform proper isolation and depressurising, learned about good manufacturing practices, learn to handle spillage and contamination, learn about waste treatment operations and routines. Developed communication skills.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

Enjoy working with the teams, developing many skills through hands on experiences, perform ad hoc routines with team. Enjoyed getting paid while studying and able to apply knowledge taught in school in the workplace. Enjoy opportunities to travel overseas for annual development events and having to meet apprentices all over the world.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

10/10

Company is very well organised and structured in providing sequential trainings throughout the apprentice programme. Trainings and briefings are provided for us to better understand our job and perform them in a safe and efficient manner. There are proper SOP available and trainings conducted before we perform our work. Senior technicians provide guidance to ensure work is carried out in a safe and orderly manner.

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

10/10

Line manager conduct meeting to update on progress and to support our progression from time to time. Company frequently provide trainings to aid us in our jobs. Meetings with HR from time to time to ensure everything is going on smoothly in my career. Support for medical and healthcare services are also provided.

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

9/10

Line manager will conduct meetings from time to time to understand our progress in school as well as any career interests. They are also open up to feedback regarding our educations are provide feedback for us. The trainings provided for us are also relevant to our course of study which aids in our learning.

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

9/10

I feel that my qualification helps me to perform better in my role due to the relevance of our course of study and our role, it is easier for us to understand the processes and procedures involved. The training providers emphasis more on workplace scenarios and allow us to apply theoretical knowledge into the workplace.

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

In our company, we have annual orange day event whereby everybody gets to participate in a charity event. Apprentices will also gather annually in UK to participate in an annual development program. During the event, we get to meet and interact apprentices from all over the world and integrate communication.

9a. Would you recommend GSK to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

It is because GSK provide organised and structured training to all their employees. Because GSK emphasis a lot in developing their employees and provide endless opportunities for their employees to develop themselves. Because it also a good training platform for new trainees or school graduates to enhance their learning development.

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

I would advice them to think carefully the career paths in which they would like to see themselves in a few years and whether the scope of the job they are applying for interests them. During the interview they should ask more questions to understand the job before they accept the position.

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