apprentice engineer at GSK

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£12,500 annually
Review Date:
May 2015

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


The apprenticeship is a mixed day process where i'm at college for the majority of my week at college learning the skills i will need at work, when i'm at work i shadow an engineer in the sector i'm working in and if i can help them in the repair/maintenance work

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


i am going multiple course at college in both theory and practical situations, learning advanced maths and electronic principles as well as becoming confident on workshop machines and gaining qualifications.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


the team i work with is always supporting and helping where they can, the other apprentices are a laugh to work with both at work and at college. GSK is a brilliant company to work for with so many colleague reward programs that encourage safe and quality work.

4. How valued do you feel by GSK?


All the apprentices have a meeting once a week with the managers where we bring forward any problems and have an overview of the week we have had as well as being bought up to date on any changes that might be happening to the site, doing this makes me feel like part of the team as the managers actually listen and help if they can. The team i work in make me feel very welcomed and understand what they need to do on the job and teach you what you need to know while keeping you safe.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


after the initial induction at the site you soon get settled in and start knowing your team, the training is updated most weeks with email alerts so you know when you need to do something which is very good for someone like me who forgets a lot, college is well structured with a good timetable and subjects which will help us at work, if there are any problems at college or at work it is soon recognized and is dealt with accordingly.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


while at college the tutors are very helpful and will provide the required resources to help you on the course, this is very similar at work where if there are any problems the manager will try to resolve it and keep you updated on whats happening, if there are any queries with anything they will find an answer as soon as possible.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


The managers at work help out a lot making sure that college is going okay and that there are no problems at work, along side this the team i work with also help out a lot answering any questions and finding out if they don't know the answers.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


considering im an apprentice the pay is really good i have enough to drive my car and go on nights out and still have enough to put into savings for a rainy day, if there are any training courses away from work or college you can claim back fuel if you need to drive or work will provide train tickets.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


as well as the usual staff Christmas party there are many opportunities outside of the job, there are multiple apprentice meetings around the country to build on team relationships as well as external training to ensure the best training is provided, there are events throughout the year like a summer ball and charity events to keep the team motivated.

9a. Would you recommend GSK to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

GSK is a brilliant company to work for with a great team and brilliant training, the managers will try to support and help if you need it and will always listen to your opinions on something, the day to day working life is brilliant as there is not one day that's the same as another keeping you interested in what your doing. The staff benefits are a real plus to working at GSK with share schemes and Cycle to work schemes available.

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

if you are into engineering and have experience in hands on maintenance GSK is a great place to work, the application process can take a little while for the initial application but after that most of the process is quick to follow, there are a couple of online tests to do as a screening process but after that you will be given an appointment for an interview day, it lasts a few hours as a group interview where you get a tour and a couple of practical tests onsite as well as a presentation to the manager, after that its a waiting game to hear back from them.

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