Manufacturing Scientist at GSK

Start Date:
South East
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£20,000 annually
Review Date:
March 2019

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Review Score

7.8 /10

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


I work in Pilot Plant Operations where I work in the Oral Solid Dose and Respiratory pilot plants. During my day-to-day role I assist with the manufacture of tablets and capsules for development and clinical trials. I also assist with the manufacture of inhalers during my work within the respiratory pilot plant.

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


During my time as an apprentice at GSK I have developed my communication skills and confidence within the workplace. I have also learnt how to quickly adapt to new situations. Some of the new skills I have learnt have been how to focus on the quality of the job, for example, adhering to SOP's.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I enjoy my apprenticeship a great deal because of the lots of different opportunities that it has brought to me. Opportunities that I would never have had if I chose university instead of an apprenticeship. I have also developed and learnt new skills which I wouldn't have learnt if I didn't do the apprenticeship.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme when I first started my apprenticeship was a bit disorganised because it wasn't as established as it is now. Due to the high number of apprentices GSK is recruiting the apprenticeship programme has become more structured and organised. They have listened to feedback from previous apprentices and taken it on board to improve the course.

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


I receive a lot of support from my employer. They focus a lot on the development opportunities for apprentices and find ways to give us the development and help we need. They send us on a development week each year of our apprentice where we learn new skills and are given support.

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


I receive a lot of support from my university towards my qualifications. They don't just make sure that I am achieving within my work I submit to them but they also make sure that I am doing well within my job and they will have regular catch ups with my manager.

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


My qualification gives me the knowledge behind the new skills I have learnt at work. For example, I use a lot of health and safety at work COSHH etc and my university had a health and safety module where they taught us the reasons behind the control of substances hazardous to health.

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.)


Yes there are extra curricular activities to get involved with at work. There is a network of apprentices at GSK called next gen. This network has a social lead who organises events for apprentices to go to and network. There are also opportunities for professional networking within GSK that apprentices can go to.

9a. Would you recommend GSK to a friend?


9b. Why?

GSK have provided many opportunities for me and the other apprentices. They focus on the development of apprentices and do the most to try and increase our development. They give loads of opportunities and allow you to grow as an individual at your own pace. They also pay for your uni degree.

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

To be yourself and come across as professional but also show your personality in your interview because GSK has a strong culture and likes people that represent that culture. GSK also have strong values and expectations so they like people that are suited and will work to those values and expectations so have a look and see if you suit them before applying.

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