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Lea Valley Academy students graduate from GSK!

LVA had 4 students successfully accepted onto work experience placements with GSK, Stockley Park site in October – less than 30% of applicants are accepted, and we had 4 attend in October! 

GlaxoSmithKline  is a science-led global healthcare company.  Setting up in 1715 with the opening of an apothecary shop (an early chemist) in London, the GSK story has always focused on innovation. From a selection of individual entrepreneurs to a global company of around 100,000 employees, with £30 billion turnover.

Our successful Yr11 students Arnesa M, Darwin D, Rhema N. and Matilda V. Yr12, competed with more than 100 students nationally to secure a small number of internships through an in-depth application process where they demonstrated a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and impeccable written skills, and received outstanding references.

The STEM Insight Event at Stockley Park focused on ‘Molecule to Medicine’. The students undertook activities and heard presentations from staff in different departments giving an overview of the steps involved in getting a product on the market. They receive job interview practice and found out more about working for the biggest pharmaceutical company in the United Kingdom. Arnesa, Darwin, Rhema and Matilda graduated from the programme with the highly sought-after Industrial Cadets accreditation (Silver Status). They now have the opportunity to achieve Gold status with further engineering experience. Many congratulations on their amazing achievement!

EDT (Engineering Development Trust) is a charity that delivers over 40,000 experiences each year to encourage young people to have an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It runs Industrial Cadets, an industry-led accreditation that allows employers to run accredited work experience for young people. GSK participates in Industrial Cadets and as part of the work experience, each intern may receive either a bronze, silver or gold Industrial Cadets accreditation, which is an externally recognised award.

If you are aged 15 – 18, have a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), want to work in one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world and are willing to write three short essays, then please contact Dr. Ramlogan in order to apply for the next programme. You must be willing to travel at your own expense, spend 4 days during the half-term and work toward the Industrial Cadets accreditation. GSK will normally provide you with an allowance for lunch.

Dr. A. Ramlogan, Mathematics