Packaging Engineering apprenticeship

Ever wondered why pharmaceutical & healthcare products are packaged as they are? The answer is an intriguing mix of science and engineering!

Our multi-skilled packaging engineering apprenticeship programme combines engineering study with technical know-how about packaging solutions and our products - to create the packaging technologists of the future.

When we make pharmaceutical & healthcare products we need to make sure these products arrive with the patient  or consumer in the same condition they left the factory – which is where the packaging comes in. We are investing significantly in innovative packaging technologies and equipment to improve the way we deliver products to our patients and consumers and to help us do this we are looking for a packaging engineering apprentice to join our team.

If you are interested in science and engineering and have an enquiring mind - this apprenticeship could be for you.

What does a packaging engineering apprenticeship involve?

Our packaging engineering apprenticeship lasts approx. 3 to 4 years and is offered at our Maidenhead (Healthcare products including toothpaste and mouthwash) and Barnard Castle (Pharmaceutical products) manufacturing sites

You will gain practical skills and experience through a series of rotations to maximise your learning across our business. These may include rotations in production packaging, engineering as well as visits to packaging suppliers.

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

  • Problem solving and root cause analysis on packs and equipment
  • Learn how to design the perfect packaging solution - from choosing the right materials, identifying storage solutions through to packaging machine design and format
  • Assist in new product introduction carrying out trials and analysing data
  • Develop skills across a number of different packaging dose formats – from vials, to tubes, to bottles, to pumps and blister packs
  • Hands-on experience on how our filling and packaging equipment works

What will this apprenticeship offer me?

Our packaging technology apprenticeship offers you the chance to study towards nationally recognised qualifications while gaining valuable, paid work experience. As a packaging technology apprentice you will work towards a Level 3 BTEC in engineering and a Certificate in Packaging- and if you show the qualities we are looking for, you may be offered the opportunity to go on to study for a higher level qualification.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

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

  • Must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade 5 or higher including Maths, Science and English Language (not literature).

Where will I be based?

Our packaging engineer apprenticeship lasts for 3 to 4 years at our Maidenhead or Barnard Castle sites.

What our apprentices say about the Engineering apprenticeship...

“I have really enjoyed working in all different areas on the site learning my chosen trade from qualified engineers - this has given me the best training I could have asked for!"

“The most enjoyable part so far was probably the personal development week - it was great to do activities I never normally would and to also be around other apprentices in similar situations to me and compare all our thoughts and opinions on the apprenticeship programme."

“I have enjoyed the challenge of managing my work load to ensure I keep on top of all the competency, college and NVQ work and on top of my role at the site. It has been a great opportunity to prove myself.”

When can I start?

Our apprenticeships start in September 2018.

How can I apply?

Unfortunately we will not be opening this programme for 2019.


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.