Meet our students and apprentices

Meet some of our students and apprentices in research and development, manufacturing and supply, sales and marketing and various other roles, and find out what they really think about working with us. 

Gwladys, Manufacturing Operations and Quality (Vaccines) Future Leaders Programme

"Having seen children dying of malaria in Benin, I’m so proud to be working for a company that’s producing the world’s first ever anti-malaria vaccine. After studying biotechnology at university, I couldn’t imagine living my life without giving something back. GSK gave me a great career opportunity as well as the possibility of waking up every morning feeling that I’m doing something that matters and changing people’s lives.”

Tess Morris, Performance Scientist

“I specialise in the physical preparation of elite athletes and develop science programmes to improve their performance. I love working with such a diverse group of talented athletes and other extreme individuals. I did a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Studies and Performance

Adam Robin Barton, Apprentice Analytical Scientist

“I work in the ‘Pharmaceutical Analytical Centre of Excellence’ at GSK. My main role is to carry out tests on new products, including looking at impurities, total drug content and water level determination. I’m currently working towards my university qualification in ‘Chemical Concepts’. I’m also working towards obtaining a higher apprenticeship certificate.”

Fiona Hartley, Industrial Placement student

“I’m an Industrial Placement student in Investigative Preclinical Toxicology. My project for the year is based on mitochondria, developing new ways to assess their health so we can determine whether our compounds are safe to develop into drugs. I undertook a BSc in Biological Sciences with an Industrial Placement at the University of Leeds and am currently in my sandwich year.”

Matthew Pinfold, Apprentice, IT

“I work in R&D IT laboratory systems and support. My main job is to provide support to laboratory users with IT equipment requests. Approaching the end of sixth form I knew 100% I didn’t want to go to university. I did a week’s work experience at a fire and security firm looking at their IT infrastructure and applications. I straight away felt at home with the work and looked into IT apprenticeships in my local area.”

James Mcleish, Apprentice, IT

“I’m a Business System Analyst at GSK. I am very lucky in that throughout my apprenticeship, I will be trained on all the different aspects of Business Systems Shared Service for example Production, Labs, Planning, Launch and Change and Sales and Distribution. When I saw that GSK were hiring IT apprentices, I jumped at the chance to gain valuable work experience whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. This was too good an opportunity to pass up on.”

and then a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science.”

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Henry Tan

Henry Tan, IT, Future Leaders Programme

“During my three years in the programme, I’ve tried so many roles. In Singapore I learned about change management and IT compliance. Next I worked in the Consumer and Commercial IT Team where I was involved in Project Connect, introducing new web platforms to engage healthcare professionals in our products. Finally, I went on an overseas secondment to the UK, working as delivery support for the Integrating and Connecting Enterprise Resource Planning team.”

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Richard Cooke

Richard Cooke, IT Director

“One of the key reasons I’ve stayed with GSK so long is that I’m proud of our mission to help people do more, feel better and live longer. I can see a direct connection between my work and GSK’s mission. I’m currently working on a project to connect third party logistic providers to our new SAP system. This will ensure that GSK can take electronic orders, pick, pack and ship stock efficiently and ultimately deliver medicine to patients.”

Nerea del Saz, Engineering Industrial Placement student

“I’m an Engineering Industrial Placement student at GSK. I get to see how tablets are made from beginning to end, so from when they come in to site as a powder until they leave the site as a coated tablet ready to be sold. Just think about all the different steps that the paracetamol you swallow with water has been through before it got to you! I chose to study Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University and I’m currently in my industrial placement year.”

Alexandra Ellis-Jones, Engineering Apprentice

“I’m a First Year Engineering Apprentice at GSK. Engineering has always been something I've been interested in – previously I did placements within the civil and aeronautical sectors of the industry. What really drew me to work at GSK is the fact we get the opportunity to work within multi-disciplinary teams to create products that ultimately can save people’s lives.”

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Keith

Keith, Future Leaders Programme, Engineering

“I’ve learned a huge amount through my rotations. I began carrying out maintenance and repairs alongside experienced and skilled technicians. Then I moved into automation engineering, taking the lead on a number of sizeable projects. Next I supported a project to completely uproot and renew the control system for bulk toothpaste manufacture. I was responsible for driving change and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.”

Ellie Chalmers Apprentice, Supply Chain

“I work in a team called ‘Global Logistics’. My current rotational role involves managing new EU shipments – this includes products like Sensodyne, Aquafresh and Beechams. I’ll help co-ordinate the whole end-to-end supply chain and ensure everything is set up and ready to go! The best thing I’ve done is co-ordinating a shipment of life-saving medicine to a named patient. This was very rewarding as you are able to directly see how your work is impacting the patient.”

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Suzanne Sadler

Suzanne Sadler, Vice president and site director, Worthing Primary Manufacturing site

“I always wanted to be an engineer. But because I didn’t study physics at school, my teachers said I’d never be able to do an engineering degree. Luckily my chemistry teacher recommended a three-day summer school at Bradford University, which made me realise that anything was possible. Thanks to engineering, I have a fascinating career which allows me to spend my days making life-saving medicines for people across the globe.”

Vinay Pattni, Finance apprentice

“I decided I wanted a career in finance and thought university wasn’t the best route, as I could become CIMA qualified without having to get a degree. Also, I think learning on the job is more effective. My proudest achievement is developing a new reporting solution for one of the controls within finance, which is now in use globally across our Business Service Centres, i.e. Stockley Park, Philadelphia, Costa Rica and Kuala Lumpur.”

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Natalie Morrison

Natalie Morrison, Finance apprentice

“Most of my day is spent at the computer answering queries regarding the payment system and acting as a source of advice for individuals trying to have their payments put through the system. I would definitely recommend taking the apprentice route if you don’t need a degree. It helps you to apply the theory to the job and it’s also great earning money instead of having a huge debt!”

Jack, Business and Supply Chain apprentice

“I felt university wasn’t for me as I wanted to gain some real workplace experience and study towards qualifications at the same time. Also, I’ve always preferred working hands-on, outside of a classroom. I’d advise anyone thinking of an apprenticeship to go for it! Have a look around on the internet, attend apprenticeship open evenings, and talk to friends. Once you’ve worked out what apprenticeship suits you, apply.”

Sunny, Finance apprentice

“I decided to do an apprenticeship because I’m studying while getting paid, I get hands-on experience and my future will be debt free. I chose GSK because it’s a well-known global organisation that has core values and is caring towards its employees.”

Shauna, Styles Laboratory apprentice

“Although Uni is a good option, there’s a lot of competition at the end for jobs and if you don’t have any work experience it’s extremely difficult to get into a good company straight away. With my apprenticeship, I work in a lab four days a week and study one day a week. So whilst studying for my Chemical Science Degree (paid for by GSK) I will also be getting 3-5 years’ experience in a professional lab.”

Georgia Cassino, Finance associate

“Maths gives you the analytical skills to process complex concepts and solve difficult problems. This is an invaluable skill to have in business, so there are many career paths open to you. My aim was always to have a career in finance. I chose the Future Leaders Programme because I really wanted to join a scheme where you got to rotate around the business into different roles and departments. I knew that it would be a great platform to launch my career. Also, GSK sponsors my CIMA studies.”