Apprentice of the Year Winners 2020

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NEPIC and award sponsors, Lotte Chemical UK, are continually seeking to promote the industry as a career choice for those leaving school and, in particular, the apprenticeship route as a training option. Through these Apprentice Awards, we seek to recognise and celebrate the region’s brightest young apprentice talent from within the process sector and its supply chain.

Apprentice of the Year – Manufacturing, Current
Molly Conroy, Laboratory Analyst, GSK

A third-year apprentice, this year’s winner, Molly Conroy, is currently working towards a foundation degree in Applied Chemistry. Described by her peers as dedicated with a contagious attitude, Molly has quite simply excelled during her time with GSK.

From the beginning, Molly went above and beyond to challenge herself, quickly becoming an established member of the team and accomplished analyst across numerous techniques and multiple laboratory settings.

Molly has also gained skills outside of the general curricula, training in 

the site’s change management process to install a water still within one of the labs. She successfully led the project coordinating a variety of teams ensure it was delivered safety, compliantly and on time.

Not only has she achieved real results in the laboratory and her studies, Molly is also a passionate STEM Ambassador, promoting STEM careers and apprenticeships, planning and delivering workshops and delivering multiple presentations. She is also the Northern Region Lead in GSK’s apprentice forum and an apprentice ‘buddy’ at the Barnard Castle site.

Most recently, Molly is leading a new site initiative to introduce a beehive on site with the long-term aim of selling the honey produced to raise money for local charities, whilst promoting wellbeing amongst staff by providing a release during lunchtimes.

During her time as an apprentice, Molly has continually stepped outside of her comfort zone which in turn has seen her confidence to soar and sights set high on her future career with GSK.

Apprentice of the Year – Manufacturing, Completed
Laura Lee, Microbiological Technologist , GSK

Working as a Microbiologist Technologist at Barnard Castle’s GSK, this year’s winner completed her three apprenticeship in the summer of 2019 during which time receiving a phenomenal five Global Employee Recognition awards.

Laura has proactively been involved in adapting new technologies and helping colleagues to work effectively including a new sterility testing isolator and environmental monitoring procedures within the production facilities.

Laura has also made significant performance contributions – working to simplify activities and processes – one of which involved the formation and continued improvement of a resource management tool. Furthermore, she continually promotes EHS improvements and challenges unsafe behaviours.

Not only does she go the extra mile at work, Laura has taken the time to become a real advocate for apprenticeships and STEM careers taking part in numerous extra-curricular activities. A STEM ambassador, Laura attends schools, leads department tours and plays an active role in the site’s learning and innovation festival.

Laura’s ability to seek out new and different challenges on a consistent basis and quickly get up to speed when taking assignments, her enthusiasm to learn and
development into a Microbiological Technologist is obvious to all who meet her, and this paired with her academic qualifications makes for a very talented individual with a very bright future.

Apprentice of the Year – Service & Supply Chain
Ben Gay, Laboratory Technician, CPI

This year’s Supply Chain Apprentice of the Year, Ben Gay, is a 4th year degree level laboratory technician at CPI’s Biologics site studying Biological Sciences at Teesside University.

Ben started his apprenticeship journey as part of the operations team before a move to the Downstream team where he took on responsibility for many of the tasks associated with a busy and smoothly run Biotech laboratory.

Described by his peers as a technically accomplished, high performing and talented scientist, Ben shows the presence and confidence of someone with more time spent in the laboratory. Able to build on the background gained from his studies and effectively apply it to current projects, Ben has developed knowledge and experience that
has been invaluable to CPI, and his participation in projects highly prized.

Ben also has a flare and talent for supporting the next generation of budding scientists and is an active member of STEM delivery events that are coordinated by CPI, always displaying real enthusiasm to the young people he meets through his very friendly, approachable and articulate deminer. Ben is also involved in CPIs professional skills development program that includes charity work for MFC foundation and other fundraising efforts.

During Ben’s time at CPI, is has gained widespread knowledge and experience across a range of industries working on both commercial and collaborative projects with academia, suppliers and technical specialists. In short Ben is a shining example of what can be achieved by the apprenticeship program.


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