Manufacturing apprenticeships

Our manufacturing apprenticeship is designed to create the manufacturing technicians of the future.

As a manufacturing apprentice you will develop the skills and knowledge required to operate the systems and equipment that produce our pharmaceutical products - from chemical processing to tablet and syrup manufacturing or pharmaceutical packaging.

What does a manufacturing apprenticeship involve?

During the apprenticeship you will study the theory of pharmaceutical production, first touch engineering and lean manufacturing as well as safety and risk management. You will complete a series of on-site job rotations, learning how to operate the different equipment that makes our pharmaceutical products.

You can expect to work both individually (when appropriately trained) and as part of a manufacturing team - taking responsibility for the quality, safety and accuracy of the work you undertake.

Your apprenticeship will combine on-the-job learning with a programme of training and development. Your role may involve:

  • Identifying areas for improvement
  • Root causing problems
  • Supporting manufacturing processes
  • Ensuring quality, safety and accuracy

What does this apprenticeship offer?

This three-year advanced apprenticeship programme offers you the chance to study towards nationally recognised qualifications while gaining valuable, paid work experience.

As a Manufacturing apprentice you will work towards a level 3 NVQ / SVQ qualification and an HNC with the potential to go on to further study.

What qualifications do you need to apply?

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

  • England: a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including Maths, English Language (not literature) and a Science subject.
  • Montrose, Scotland: Must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 5 Scottish National 5 at grade A-C (or 5 Standard Grades at grades 1-3) including Maths, English and a Science subject.
  • Irvine, Scotland: Must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 5 Scottish National 5 at grade A-C (or 5 Standard Grades at grades 1-3) or equivalent including Maths, English and a Science subject.  Plus one Scottish Higher grade (A-C) pass preferably in Maths or a Science.

Where you'll be based

Our Manufacturing apprenticeship runs for three years and we have opportunities at the following manufacturing sites:

  • England: Barnard Castle, Ulverston
  • Scotland: Irvine, Montrose

What our apprentices say about the Manufacturing apprenticeship...

”Although I sat my A-levels I decided not to go to university.  My apprenticeship has allowed me to pursue a career in a field I am passionate about whilst being paid to learn.

“I enjoy having the opportunity to meet new people, and be given the responsibility to use your initiative and manage your own time accordingly. It is really interesting seeing other GSK sites and I have learnt a lot attending personal development courses.”

When does the apprenticeship start?

Our apprentices start in September 2018.

How to apply

We are now open for 2018 applications please apply here .

GSK is focused on creating an inclusive organisation where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. We aim to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures regardless of actual or perceived race, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, gender identity and/or expression, religion or belief, physical ability/ disability.