Laboratory Science Apprentice at GSK

Start Date:
South East
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£16,500 annually
Review Date:
March 2019

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Review Score

8.8 /10

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


I work in Histology which is the study of tissues. One of my main responsibilities is to carry out routine histology procedures in drug safety and drug discovery studies. I also have extra responsibilities within the lab, such as general lab maintenance and inputting data from studies on a computer programme. I work in Histology four days a week and on the fifth day I concentrate on my university work.

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


I am studying towards an Applied Bioscience degree with the University of Kent which I work towards one day a week. I have also learnt more about the general anatomy and the function of tissues which I have enjoyed learning about. Personally, I feel more confident and my communication and networking skills have improved.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy the programme I feel well supported by my team, manager and other apprentices. I enjoy learning on the job, and also being able to have the opportunity to find out more about other departments which I am interested in. There are a lot of people to turn to if I need some help.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is well structured. Four days a week I work with my team in my department, and for one day I work towards my university degree through an online learning platform. I like how flexible it is, as I am able to move my study day around if I have more work on one week for example.

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


I have a good support structure. My manager is always on hand if I have any problems. I also have a buddy who I can talk to if I have any general problems. My supervisor gives me on the job training. I also have a mentor who gives me general career advice and how to navigate the company.

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


As the degree is completed online, if I have any problems I email the lecturers for the module we are working on and they can give me guidance on the topic or piece of coursework I am stuck on. I have face to face contact with them every 3 months.

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


In the modules I have completed so far, only 1 topic has been directly related to my role. I've learnt more about what my job entails through the on the job training provided by my supervisor. I feel the degree provides me with a general biological understanding which may be more relevant to other departments in the company.

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.)


On site, there are events organised regularly to network with other people on site. There is an apprentice network, which is run by apprentices and they organise social events outside of work such as quizzes or parties. Within my team I have an annual team building event, last year it was an escape room.

9a. Would you recommend GSK to a friend?


9b. Why?

As I feel that I am well supported by my immediate team and also my line manager and other apprentices. GSK is a great company to work for with lots of perks. As an apprentice we are eligible to the benefits that a full time employee is also eligible for.

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

Try and get some relevant work experience as it will help you to stand out from the rest. Also, make sure you come across as interested and eager to learn in the process as it makes you more employable. Research the company and its values, and be yourself in the process.

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