What made you decide to pursue an apprenticeship?
After completing my A-Levels I decided that full-time education was no longer for me, but I knew that I needed qualifications to get into the field of work I wanted to pursue. Therefore, I chose to look at apprenticeships as I knew I would get valuable on-the-job experience and a recognised qualification, without the student debt, whilst receiving a salary.
What has been the highlight of your apprenticeship so far?
A highlight of my time at GSK is how much I have progressed and built my confidence in such a short space of time. I came to GSK straight out of school and was nervous about joining the world of work but GSK were very supportive and encouraged me to develop. I have achieved so much more than I ever thought I would within my job role and I’m not even half way through my apprenticeship yet.
Describe a normal day
No day is the same in my job, which is why I’m enjoying my time as a manufacturing scientist so much. I work in the oral solid dose pilot plant and manufacture tablets and capsules for development and clinical trial purposes. My normal day will revolve around manufacturing in the pilot plant and compiling the batch records once the manufacturing is complete..
How would you describe your role in 5 words?
Diverse, challenging, enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding.
What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship?
There’s no harm in applying even if you’re not 100% sure on what you want to do because you might decide it’s the definite choice for you later. University isn’t the only option so make sure you research all the different opportunities before deciding because you might be surprised.