In December last year, we asked parents to send in any questions they might have about our apprentice schemes. You can view our responses to the questions we received in this video.

Parents and teachers

As a parent or a teacher, you want your children or your students to get the best possible start in their career.  Apprenticeships are a smart, popular alternative to college or university for students who want to start their career straightaway.

An apprenticeship is the combination of paid work whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification which gives the apprentice a head start in their career.

GSK have employed talent apprentices for over 5 years now, and our wide range of opportunities keeps growing. We look for scientists in our laboratories, engineers and technicians in our manufacturing sites as well as analysts to join us in Finance and IT.  The programme that your son, daughter or student can apply for is dependent on their location and the apprenticeships available at each of our sites. Explore our different apprenticeships to discover how each one offers our apprentices the chance to take on the global health challenges of today and tomorrow.


All our apprentices work towards nationally recognised qualification that have been developed by industry to ensure what our apprentices are learning is relevant and appropriate for their chosen career path. We are one of the companies involved in the UK Government-led Trailblazer initiative developing new apprenticeship standards across the science industry.

We offer Advanced through to Higher and even Degree apprenticeships.  What level of apprenticeship your son or daughter can apply for depends on their current skills, qualifications and importantly; their area of interest.

If your child/student has completed:

GCSEs, Scottish Standards or equivalent

They can apply for an Advanced apprenticeship.


A Levels, Scottish Highers, BTEC or equivalent

They can apply for a Higher apprenticeship

They will gain a foundation degree or equivalent

A Levels

They can apply for a Degree (Level 6) apprenticeship

They will gain a full Bachelor (Honours) degree.  Exactly the same qualification if they had studied at university.

Each of our apprenticeships is a starting block for the apprentices career and in many cases, depending on business need and the apprentice’s performance and aspirations, there will be an opportunity for them to study the next level of apprenticeship or qualification.

Training and support

Our apprentices are supported by a rigorous programme of Training and development to help them succeed. An apprenticeship with us is a real job with training which allows the apprentice to earn a competitive salary whilst studying towards a qualification.

Their training and development is a programme of differentiated development which consists of learning on the job from industry experts, to having an assigned manager, mentor or buddy, as well as the more formal part of their apprenticeship. To support the apprentice’s development of their soft skills such as; team work, presenting and communication they will take part in Development Weeks where they will meet and network with other apprentices from the UK and beyond.

What next?

Apprenticeships are now an essential component of our talent pipeline. We establish all our apprenticeship programmes with the ambition of offering a permanent position upon successful completion of the scheme. Over 95% of our apprentices are now in permanent positions with us.

The roles that our apprentices go into vary and our commitment to their development doesn’t end after their apprenticeship, some apprentices also extend their apprenticeships to complete a full Bachelors degree and beyond.

If an apprenticeship isn’t quite right for your son or daughter (or student) and they’re planning on going to university, they could consider an internship or a graduate role at GSK.  You can visit for more information.