What’s it like to be a Manufacturing…

Posted by | 6th February 2018 | Engineering News, Featured, Scientific News

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!

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