1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work in Toxicology and plan, conduct and report studies. My usual day involves lab work, data analysis, attending ethical review meetings and office based activities.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
During my apprenticeship I have developed my communication and teamwork skills, as my role involves working with a variety of different teams. I have also improved my computer skills, as we work with a range of programmes.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the programme, as it allows me to learn from experts in the field and apply the knowledge I have learnt from my university course.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is well structured, Each week I spend 4 days working and 1 day studying at home for my degree.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager is very good with making sure I get my 1 day a week to study. She also helps me with any university work I am stuck on or can give me a name of someone in the business who may be able to help if she can't.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I meet with Kent roughly once every 2 months. However, I can email/call them at any time if I have any concerns or questions.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Although the degree is very broad, some things I have learnt I have been able to apply in the workplace. However, some modules are very different from my day to day role and I have not been able to apply that knowledge in 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.)
I am a member of the NxtGen 2020 team, which is a network of apprentices who aim to provide talks, socials and support for apprentices. I am the Southern Regional Lead and look after all southern GSK sites.
9a. Would you recommend GSK to a friend?
The programme is well structured and the type of work is very interesting. Apprentices do not get treated any differently to full employees.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to GSK?
Carefully read all the information they give you during the application phase and if you get called to interview just be yourself, as they aren't expecting you to know everything.