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Terry inspired by apprentices at GSK Ulverston

Published on: Tuesday 24th March 2015
Categorised under: Learn , Apprentices, GSK

Terry puts that down in no small part to the energy and enthusiasm of the apprentices he mentors.

Terry is a process manager and mentor for the manufacturing apprentices. His colleague Mark Burns is engineering team manager and looks after the engineering apprentices.

Terry said: "I have come up from the shop floor to process manager and I can see the potential for manufacturing apprenticeships.

"I was an apprentice before I started here as a kid and went on to work in a garage and came as a 23-year-old mechanic with a four-year City and Guilds apprenticeship.

"Our manufacturing apprentices here now have a rotation system around all site. You don’t just learn about the one building, you become a specialist of the site and how it all feeds into each other.

"So the manufacturing guys get the opportunity to rotate around the whole factory including engineering, labs and health and safety so at end of the three years they have a full spectrum of everything on site.

"After three years we have a landing zone which will be their full time job. They then have options to take their learning further, with foundations degrees, university. The company would sponsor that part-time and they’d get further qualifications with a view to them coming back to work for us.

"The way our apprentices develop is unbelievable. We have a couple of 16-year-olds starting on manufacturing. To watch the way they develop is repayment on its own. And they can become the future management."

Of the apprentices at GSK at Ulverston a wide range of schools are represented in terms of their previous education.

Apprentices have attended Ulverston Victoria High School; Dowdales, Dalton; Furness Academy, Barrow; St Bernard's, Barrow; Chetwynde, Barrow; Millom School; Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge; and Dallam, near Milnthorpe.

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