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IT apprenticeships

IT apprenticeship

Our IT apprenticeship programme provides you with the opportunity to work with and gain an in-depth understanding of world-leading technologies used throughout GSK. We use technology as part of our strategic journey to deliver life-enhancing healthcare that enables people to do more, feel better, live longer. The role of IT is key to ensuring business success, allowing us to make a difference to the lives of our patients.

What will this apprenticeship offer me?

Our three year IT apprenticeship offers you the chance to obtain nationally recognised qualifications whilst gaining valuable, paid work experience. Our apprentices work towards completing a Level 4, higher apprenticeship.

What does an IT apprenticeship involve?

You will be aligned to one of our main IT functions, combining on-the-job learning with a programme of training and development. Your role may involve:

  • Improving business processes
  • Supporting Manufacturing processes and technologies
  • Developing new applications
  • Designing new ways to use IT services
  • Testing new systems

Do I have the skills?

We’re looking for proactive, flexible and motivated people to join us in our IT team. You will need to be a strong communicator, team orientated, and demonstrate an eagerness to learn and develop.

To be eligible for our IT apprenticeship programme:

  • You must have a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including Maths and English Literature.
  • You must also have/be predicted to achieve at least 200 UCAS points, or 80 in the 2017 tariff. 

Where will I be based?

The scheme runs for three years and is offered at various GSK sites across the UK including Brentford, Stevenage, Ware, Worthing and Barnard Castle.

When can I start?

Our apprenticeships start in September 2017.

How can I apply?

We are currently closed for 2017 applications, the application process will begin again in November 2017 for 2018 starters.

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.

Laboratory IT Systems: Irvine, Scotland

The Laboratory IT Systems apprentice is a specialist role maintaining the electronic data integrity status of laboratory systems. The role requires the occupant to act as a subject matter expert for all laboratory equipment software applications used in the routine testing laboratory and maintain their validated status. Other duties include system administration and update and maintenance of all laboratory software applications. This role requires a combined knowledge of IT and laboratory techniques. 

What does a Laboratory IT Systems apprenticeship involve?

You will be provided with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a number of areas. These might include:

  • hardware and software installation/configuration
  • computer system validation requirements and standards
  • user acceptance testing
  • chromatography data system – use and control
  • user support and troubleshooting
  • pharmaceutical documentation standards
  • supporting system updates during projects
  • knowledge in industry computer system standards

What will this apprenticeship offer me?

Our three year Laboratory IT Systems apprenticeship offers you the chance to obtain nationally recognised qualifications while gaining valuable, paid work experience.

The apprenticeship is a Level 3 and will lead to a HND in Technical Support and SVQ Level 3 in Information Technology & Telecommunications Professionals

What qualifications do I need to apply?

  • You must have a minimum of five Scottish credit/general standard grades or national 4/5s (or equivalent), including maths, English and science.
  • You must also have or be predicted to achieve two Scottish Higher Grades (or equivalent), preferably including maths and/or a science subject.

Where will I be based?

Our IT apprenticeship runs for three years on our Irvine site.

When will I start?

Our apprenticeships start in September 2017.

How can I apply?

We are currently closed for 2017 applications, the application process will begin again in December 2017 for 2018 starters.


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.