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Yaa enjoying a career which helps make the world a better place

Yaa enjoying a career which helps make the world a better place

Yaa Kwateng, 34, is a process engineer at GSK at Ulverston.

Taking a job as a process engineer at GSK at Ulverston has given Yaa Kwateng the chance to enjoy seeing the benefits her work brings to people.


Yaa, originally from Ghana, moved to Ulverston in 2007 after completing her Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering in Cambridge.  "I wanted to really get hands-on technical process engineering experience so I applied straight here," said Yaa, 34, originally from Ghana.

"We design the plant and we go out and scope all the requirements and then go back and do calculations and simulations on the computer and prescribe what is required for the plant. 

"We provide technical support and we know about the technical side of the processes and how they should be run. 

"I have been involved with one of our key projects and this is making a new antibiotic drug that is helping to resolve the issues with drug resistant bacteria. We have just got the news it has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and it is going into the production phase now. It is good to be part of something that important, not just for GSK but is also solving a global issue. It really fills me with pride to be able to see that it is making a difference."


Since living in Ulverston, Yaa has married Yaw, 34, and is busy bringing up her two children Kobby, three, and Kasey, two. "I had both my children at Furness General and the staff were very supportive," said Yaa. "The children go to Rascals Nursery in Ulverston, which is very good. The thing with Ulverston is that I can commute within 10 minutes and drop the kids off on the way so it gives me more time with them.

"Ulverston is very relaxed and quiet. I attend the Methodist Church in Ulverston and that is good to help meet people."


"It is a really beautiful place to live, I take the little ones to the park when it is sunny," said Yaa. "Yaw lives in Manchester but he comes on the train or in the car at weekends and it is not difficult for him to get here. 

"You can get here quite easily. My family has visited from Ghana and it is quite easy for them; they fly into Manchester and can come over on the train or by car. 

"When people live in the big city they think it is easier to get there than the Lake District, but it is not really out of way, you can get a direct train from Manchester or Preston."

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