We listened to presentations from a diverse selection of current GSK apprentices, including an IT Apprentice and a Lab Technician Apprentice, the latter being a career path that I am particularly interested in pursuing. The higher, advanced and degree apprenticeships scheme was explained to us as a real alternative to the traditional University route into employment, allowing students to get a degree in a subject that they are passionate about, funded by the company and whilst earning a salary for their work. I was really interested to hear how the Apprentices enjoyed their practical experience of learning which was then supplemented by their academic studies.
Following the presentations, we had a speed dating session whereby we could interact with Apprentices and their manager’s to ask questions. During this session we learnt more about the realities of working whilst studying and we were reassured that whilst this route may mean you miss out on the “University experience”, that there were plenty of organised opportunities to meet other apprentices and have a social life to enable you to make friends.
Our visit concluded with a short tour of some of the laboratories and offices, which was really impressive. The site was much bigger than we had all anticipated and of course many areas have restricted access, but it was enough to confirm that I would like to work here.
Issy Young 12A