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What’s it like to be a Manufacturing Apprentice at Irvine?

Meet Chloe Greig, who shares her manufacturing apprentice story so far…

I’m one of five Manufacturing Apprentices at GSK Irvine, all at different stages of our apprenticeship – I am in my 3rd and final year.

I suppose some people may have the misconception that a manufacturing apprenticeship involves working on a production line full time, but here it’s so much more. I’m currently assigned to a Control Room – where I manage some of our key processes.

The apprenticeship route really works for me. I’m getting to combine my further education with hands on experience. Reading a book on what it’s like in the industry is nothing in comparison to fully immersing yourself in the business – I know, I’ve done both!

As an apprentice at Irvine, over the last three years, I’ve completed my HNC and SVQ Levels 2 and 3 and am currently working towards my City & Guilds Level 3 in Process Technology.

At GSK there is a real commitment to developing apprentices.  I’ve been able to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities. These include charity work, becoming a STEM Ambassador promoting science to students looking at their career choices, I was also appointed Chair of the NxtGen Team.
Additionally, over the last three years I’ve had the opportunity to attend development weeks with fellow GSK apprentices from across the world and taken part in local challenges and Orange Days – volunteering in the local community..

I would definitely recommend the GSK manufacturing apprenticeship!


An apprenticeship in the RAF offers you the chance to gain a UK-recognised trade qualification as part of a challenging and unique career that could take around the world.

As a Cyberspace Communications Specialist you’ll get paid and trained to maintain and build the RAF’s cyber network. Learn radar, information and cutting-edge global communication systems.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Manage equipment like tactical satellite systems and airfield radars globally.
  • Support RAF all personnel with dedicated communication cyber networks.
  • Set up vital communication and control systems for operations and exercises.
  • Provide Mission Support System Capabilities to next generation aircraft such as Typhoon and Lightening 2.


Engineering Apprenticeships

Semta is the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, representing a wide range of sectors: aerospace, automotive, bioscience, electrical, electronics, maintenance, marine, mathematics, mechanical, metals and engineered metal products.

The Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering is designed to support the skills requirements of the sector. The MA has a number of different pathways that learners can take. There is also a higher level apprenticeship available with pathways for Business Improvement Techniques.

Framework Details

More information about the industry can be found on the Semta website