Manufacturing Apprenticeship

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  • Employer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Job type Higher Apprenticeships
  • Salary £14,000 Starting
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements GCSEs
  • Locations Ware
  • Qualifications gained Vocational Qualification
  • Date published 21/12/2021

Exciting minds with our Manufacturing Apprenticeship 

Start date: September 2022 

Application closing date: We accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible as we do not want you to miss out! 

We want you to be motivated and passionate for the Apprenticeship you apply to – we will only accept ONE Apprenticeship application per candidate each year. Please do your research before applying and select the one Apprenticeship you wish to apply to – good luck with your application! 

Why GSK 

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Healthcare, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we’re making the most significant changes we’ve made to our business in over 20 years. 

We’re on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022

New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and genetics science; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands. 

With new ambition comes new purpose. For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent, and technology to get ahead of disease together – all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; and as a new GSK where outstanding people thrive. 

Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culture that is ambitious for patients – so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact – with clear ownership of goals and support to succeed; and where we do the right thing. So, if you’re ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at this exciting moment in our journey. Join our challenge to get Ahead Together. 

Our Barnard Castle facility is a key drug product manufacturing site within the GSK network, and one of GSKs flagship New Product Introduction sites, bringing ground-breaking medicines to people all over the world at the right quality and the right price.  At Barnard Castle, we proudly manufacture 38 different medicines in over 1500 pack variations to treat HIV, cancer, infectious diseases, migraines, psoriasis, dermatitis, asthma, cold sores and acne, to name just a few, which we supply to over 130 markets around the world. 

You can find out more about GSK’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain here

Achieve your career goals on our apprentice programme 

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. 

On our 3-year programme, you’ll be working towards nationally recognised qualifications - a level 3 apprenticeship including an HNC. 

If you are offered an apprenticeship; you will have a buddy or a mentor who will help you to prepare for joining GSK and will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship. 

Working with both your line and programme manager we want to identify the right opportunities to help you succeed in the short term and throughout your career with us.  

What will you do? 

You will be part of our manufacturing team based at Barnard Castle. 

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.

Your duties might include: 

  • Learning how to operate equipment in the manufacture and packaging of our pharmaceutical products 

  • First touch engineering - root causing and solving breakdowns 

  • Data collection, analysis and trending to identify improvement opportunities 

  • Improvement projects 

  • Learning about the functions that support manufacturing (Laboratory, engineering, logistics & scheduling) 

  • Assisting in new product and equipment introductions 

  • Ensuring quality, safety and accuracy 

Career opportunities 

Some of the future career opportunities this apprenticeship may lead to include; 

  • Multi-skilled manufacturing operator  

  • Process Support 

  • Manufacturing team management 

  • Continuous Improvement roles 

  • Project management 

  • Logistics management  
     

We also have site directors and senior leaders who started as Apprentices. 

Get to grips with our recruitment process 

You’ll find hints, tips and guidance on our recruitment process on our website - https://www.gsk.com/en-gb/careers/apprentices-students-and-graduates/apprentice-programmes/applying-for-our-apprentice-programme/ 

We have changed the way we recruit in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can learn more about how our practices have adapted here

Apply Now 
We accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications, so it’s best to apply as soon as possible as we do not want you to miss out!

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We’re 100% open to all talent  

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers. And also because it’s the right thing to do. 

You can learn more about Inclusion and diversity at GSK here

Need help with your application? 

Please email us at uk.earlytalentrecruitment@gsk.com and let us know how we can help you. Or email us your number and we’ll call you back. We’ll make all reasonable modifications to support you throughout the recruitment process and we’ll treat all information you give us in confidence. Please get in touch to help us process your application as soon as possible. 

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers.  As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss any adjustments to our process which might help you demonstrate your strengths and capabilities.  You can either call us on 0808 234 4391, or send an email ukdiversity.recruitment@gsk.com

As you apply, we will ask you to share some personal information which is entirely voluntary. We want to have an opportunity to consider a diverse pool of qualified candidates and this information will assist us in meeting that objective and in understanding how well we are doing against our inclusion and diversity ambitions. We would really appreciate it if you could take a few moments to complete it.  Rest assured, Hiring Managers do not have access to this information and we will treat your information confidentially.

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