R&D manufacturing science apprenticeship
Our research and development (R&D) manufacturing science apprenticeship programme is designed to create the science manufacturing technicians of the future.
As a manufacturing science apprentice you will work within our R&D pilot plant facilities where we manufacture oral solid dose (tablets and capsules) and respiratory (inhalers, capsules and intranasal devices) drug products for clinical trials and other investigational purposes.
As a manufacturing science apprentice you will develop the skills and knowledge required to operate the systems and equipment that produce our pharmaceutical products studying towards a higher apprenticeship. You will work as a member of a team of manufacturing scientists, manufacturing drug products to a production schedule.
A broad understanding of the R&D manufacturing environment will be provided through experience working collaboratively with colleagues from laboratory, planning, logistics, validation, engineering, materials management and commercial functions.
What will this apprenticeship offer me?
Our Manufacturing apprenticeship programme is a three year higher apprenticeship (Level 5) at our pilot plants in Ware. It offers you the chance to study towards a nationally recognised qualification – a foundation degree (FdSc) in Chemical Science - while gaining valuable, paid work experience.
There is the potential for the apprenticeship to be extended to 5 years to incorporate a full Bachelor’s degree.
What does a manufacturing apprenticeship involve?
You will be assigned to our R&D pilot plant, combining on-the-job learning with a programme of training and development. Your role might involve:
- working as part of a team of manufacturing scientists
- supporting the design, introduction, validation and commissioning of new process equipment
- supporting complex manufacturing processes
- ensuring quality, safety and accuracy
Do I have the skills?
To be eligible for our manufacturing science apprenticeship programme, you will need:
- a minimum 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths, English Language (not literature) and Science or equivalent.
- must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points from your top 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) not including General Studies
- your A Levels (or equivalent) must include Chemistry or Maths
Where will I be based?
The programme runs for three years and we have opportunities at our pilot plant in Ware.
What our apprentices say about the Manufacturing Scientist apprenticeship...
“It’s a great feeling knowing that the work you’re doing is being used to improve GSK technologies and supporting clinical trials. In my second year, I am already working with other teams in developing our processes to be even better than last year.”
When can I start?
Our apprentices start September 2018.
How can I apply?
Applications for 2018 are now closed.
You can register your interest for 2019.