We are delighted to announce that Dan Tune has been awarded a Medicinal Chemistry apprenticeship with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) starting in September.

After several rounds of interviews, Daniel was selected a just one of a handful of applicants, out of the hundreds who applied, to secure an apprenticeship contract with the leading pharmaceutical company.  As an apprentice, Daniel will study towards his degree while gaining valuable, paid work experience.

Starting in September he will learn on the job about the design, synthesis, purification and analysis of new chemical compounds that have the potential to become medicines for the treatment of serious diseases, enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. As a laboratory based organic chemist he will be involved in the:

  • Theoretical and (predominantly) practical role of synthesising and purifying potential new medicines for screening in biological assays.
  • Accurate recording of experiments and interpreting data collected on compounds.
  • The use of modern technology and state of the art equipment to assist in the running of experiments
  • Work as part of a team within a modern chemistry laboratory.

Mel Lincoln, Head of Careers and UCAS told us, “Having implemented numerous Direct Route opportunities for our boys, it is clear that the modern, diverse and ever changing business world is increasingly seeking high-calibre school leavers, such as Daniel.  Apprenticeships today offer leavers a real opportunity to maximise their potential through on-the-job experience, alongside achieving their university qualifications.  Through apprenticeships employers gain the best and brightest early on, and leavers gain an immediate advantage over their peers, who will face a challenging graduate employment market in three to four years' time.”

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