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Young GSK staff recognised with national awards

Published on: Tuesday 12th May 2015
Categorised under: Work , Apprentices, GSK, Ulverston

THE scientific exploits of three young staff at GSK have earned a hat trick of honours at a national industry awards.

Hannah Bell, 21, Liam Mitchell, 25, and Rachel Lund, 23, who all work at the company's site in Ulverston, were recognised at the Science Industry Skill Awards in London.

Miss Lund, from York, who is in her first year on GSK’s Future Leaders Programme, won the Graduate of the Year award.

Mr Mitchell, from Ulverston, was named as runner up in the Advanced (Manufacturing) Apprentice of the Year category.

Miss Bell, from Walney, picked up the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award after a successful year, which included being made chair of GSK's apprentice network.

The former Chetwynde School student also acted as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassador, which included addressing a conference organised by the union Unite on the benefits of women working in science and engineering.

"I started my apprenticeship straight from my A-levels and I am now in my third year," said Miss Bell.

"Now I have got a formal job offer for when I come off the scheme, I am looking forward to it because it is the job I wanted pretty much from the beginning as a production engineer.

"I always wanted to go into the science industry because there are so many different career paths open and science is always changing and that's what I want to happen in my career too.

"When I was at college I did a lot of research into where I wanted to go to university, but I didn't want to do a job that never changed and science touches everyone - even if you don't work in it - and I wanted to be part of that."

Mr Mitchell is doing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Manufacturing, working towards a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Processing Industries Operations.

Miss Lund obtained her degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from Newcastle University last year.

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