Lauren Weatherall, a Business Management Degree student at Buckinghamshire College Group has just secured a Business & Supply Chain Management advanced apprenticeship with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.
Lauren, a former Dr Challoner’s Grammar School student left with A Levels in Maths, Chemistry and Biology and could have gone straight on to university. Instead she decided to take a year out to assess her options before deciding to follow her business interests and study at college. By doing so and completing her course, Lauren has not only landed herself a top job straight from College but has also saved herself thousands of pounds in university/accommodation fees.
Lauren was up against 150 applicants for the prestigious apprenticeship position over a four stage interview process lasting three months. The full-time position based in Ware, Hertfordshire will see Lauren working in various teams on a variety of business projects. Her four year apprenticeship programme is accredited by the University of Plymouth and is a full-time, paid job, with two days per month of tutorials/seminars.
“Coming to college has helped me to focus on where I wanted to go with my career and the support I have received from my tutor has helped me to get the perfect start." said Lauren.
The interview process was thorough and intensive with an initial online interview, followed by more tailored questions in the second phase and questions on maths and data analysis. Another series of questions were answered in phase three, followed by final face-to-face interviews with five other candidates in phase four. Five hour interviews concluded the process with Lauren having to prepare and deliver a presentation and complete lengthy interviews about various aspects of business management, including problem solving and how the company should adapt after Brexit.