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Ricky Casey

Investigator,
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Since graduating from the University of Surrey having studied Biochemistry in 2006, Ricky has worked in biotherapeutic research & development. Ricky works at GSK in the Biopharm Process Research group based at the UK R&D Hub in Stevenage as a team leader. Ricky leads the Molecule Quality Analytics team that characterises the purity & target engagement of GSK’s medicines, whilst discharging chemical & physical developability risks encountered during the biotherapeutic production process. Ricky manages a team of 10 scientists of varying levels of experience, ranging from level 5 apprentices through to Post-doctoral, evaluating the manufacturability of biotherapeutics from drug discovery to drug development. Ricky is passionate about developing and empowering his staff to achieve their career aspirations; he is currently managing two apprentices.  

  • Understanding an apprentice’s motivations, reasons and incentives for entering a higher and degree apprenticeship scheme and how this can inform the composition of a course
  • Sharing insights from the apprentice’s perspective on the route to becoming a degree apprentice and how employers and providers can enhance the application and induction process
  • Outlining the experiences and challenges of a degree apprenticeship programme and what constitutes an effective scheme for an apprentice
  • Assessing what an apprentice is looking for both from the employer and provider in terms of skill development and developing opportunities for career progression

Winner of Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year Award at the 14th National Apprenticeship Awards