GSK Ulverston has achieved the Skills Award at the Chemical Industry Awards (CIA) Dinner in Newcastle.
The Skills Award recognises the employer who has most contributed to skills aquisition by the company’s workforce through an active skills development work programme. It is open to companies working in the science industry sector.
GSK received its award at a ceremony on June 14; an inspiring celebration of the UK chemical and pharmaceutical industry attended by around 400 people. This included senior representatives of chemical companies, government, industry experts and the media.
The winning award entry was submitted by GSK Ulverston's Learning & Development Team, Terry Sandham, Colin Lamb and Julie Shaw.
Site manager, Phil Wilson, said: “As site director I was delighted and very proud that Julie, Colin and Terry got some external recognition for the work they have led across the site and this prestigious award is also fantastic recognition for the wider Ulverston team, reflecting all aspects of people development across the site, and demonstrates our priority on putting people 1st”.
GSK invests heavily in young people and the local community. It supports STEM at all schools in the area and - so far this year - 93 site STEM Ambassadors have supported 6,500 students at 23 events.
Aiming to nurture talent from an early age, GSK's apprentice programme also encourage more females into STEM subjects, recently being awarded a WISE national award for its efforts.
At Ulverston there is a total of 56 apprentices with 24 gaining full time GSK roles and 32 currently on programme, 10 of which will progress into full time roles in August.
On presenting the award, the judges said, “The diverse and comprehensive approach to skills development at all levels, the development of an innovative site learning zone, including plant simulation and a commitment to an award-winning apprentice programme, make the Ulverston site worthy winners.”
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