Laboratory Science programme

Our laboratory science higher apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and knowledge to tackle a variety of scientific challenges working in our research and development or manufacturing laboratories – the heartbeat of our company.

What does a Higher Laboratory Science apprenticeship involve?

We offer Laboratory Science Apprenticeships in either a manufacturing or a research & development (R&D) setting. The Laboratory Science apprenticeship will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a number of areas. These might include:

  • Operating specialist laboratory equipment to test our products and raw materials
  • Learning about the process each drug or product follows though to full scale manufacturing.
  • Microbiological & environmental sampling and testing
  • Archiving and managing samples
  • Operating specialist equipment to develop new products
  • Developing new technology and processes
  • Drug delivery
  • Synthetic and analytical chemistry
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Report writing

As well as these, you will also develop your personal skills such as reasoning, communication, problem solving, team working, relationship building and influencing.

What does this apprenticeship offer me?

You have the option to join us in either a chemistry-based laboratory apprenticeship where you will study for a Foundation degree (FdSc) in Chemical Science or join us on a biology-based apprenticeship to gain a Foundation degree (FdSc) in Applied Bioscience.

Whichever route you chose, you will be based in a lab environment with one day per week to dedicate to your studies.

After completing the FdSc, most of our laboratory science apprentices go on to study for their BSc.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

We currently have the opportunity for a biology-based apprentice to join our biopharm team at Stevenage.

To be eligible for our laboratory science apprenticeship programme, you will need:

  • a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*-C including English language (not literature), Science and Maths
  • must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points from your top 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) not including General Studies
  • you must have an A Level (or equivalent) in Biology at grade C or above

Where would I be based?

You will be based at our R&D site in Stevenage.

What our apprentices say about the Laboratory apprenticeship...

 “It feels great to run experiments and they run successfully. Others in the lab are doing the same level of chemistry - I’m never treated differently in the team.”

 “I’m so proud to get on to the programme. I still walk in and think wow! My biggest achievement is, while only a 3rd year Apprentice, I am already an Instrument Owner. There are only two owners across GSK, as it's a new technology."

When does the apprenticeship start?

This apprenticeship will start in October 2018.

How can I apply?

Applications are not yet open for our 2019 opportunities.