Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

  • Employer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Job type Degree Apprenticeships
  • Salary Competitive
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Maidenhead
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 27/11/2020

Exciting minds with our Engineering Apprenticeship

Education required:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9-5 or A*-C, including English language (not literature), Science and Maths

  • Must have or be expected to achieve 96 UCAS points from your top three A-levels (or equivalent), including Maths and/or Physics and/or Engineering and not including General Studies.

Start date: September 2021

Assessment centre dates: March 2021

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!

Want to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges?

With over 300 years of innovation, we’re a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer.

What will you do?

Engineers at GSK are responsible for designing, maintaining and improving our leading-edge manufacturing facilities that deliver leading Consumer Healthcare products, such as Sensodyne, Aquafresh, Macleans and Corsodyl Toothpaste and Mouthwash.

Our Engineering Apprenticeship programme is designed to create the Technicians, Engineers and Leaders of the future. As an Engineering Apprentice, you will have the opportunity to learn, grow and develop skills in mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, control & automation as well as teamwork, communication and project management. You will be based our Oral Healthcare factory in Maidenhead.

What will you do?

Our Engineering apprenticeship lasts up to four years. In the first year, you’ll spend most of your time at college, studying theory elements and first principle skills of the apprenticeship and gaining some practical hands-on experience. In subsequent years, you’ll continue one day a week at college while learning new skills as part of an engineering team which will include a series of job rotations. Your rotations may include time in manufacturing, filling and packaging, utilities, facilities and automation & control. At the beginning of each rotation, you will be set a series of learning objectives, so you will always know what is expected of you.

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

  • Develop mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and automation skills

  • Learn how to maintain production equipment

  • Carry out routine and planned maintenance

  • Fault find, diagnose and resolve breakdowns

  • Continuous improvement projects

  • Help design, install and test new equipment

  • Develop teamwork and communication skills

  • Take part in programmes to develop personal, social and emotional skills

  • Have the opportunity to become a STEM ambassador.

Achieve your career goals on our apprentice programme

You will learn on-the-job from our in-house industry experts, combined with early responsibility to help develop and progress. You will be assigned a manager and a mentor who will support you throughout your apprenticeship. They will ensure you gain the right experience and skills, while working towards a nationally recognised qualification with local and remote learning.

Working with your manager and programme manager we will work with you to identify the right opportunities to ensure your success and plan for your future career with us.  We will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship.

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!”

“I really enjoyed the personal development week - it was great to do activities I never normally would and also to 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 workload to ensure I keep on top of the college assignments as well as my practical learning.  It has been a great opportunity to prove myself.” 

Benefits include:  

  • A competitive base salary of £17,000

  • An annual bonus

  • Benefit programmes benchmarked against industry standards

  • A recognition programme to reward exceptional work by you and your team

  • Training and Development (including opportunities to attend annual Apprentice development events)

  • Access to employee health and well-being programmes

  • A fully-sponsored nationally recognised qualification

Get to grips with our recruitment process

You’ll find hints, tips and guidance on our recruitment process on our website -

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.

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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’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 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

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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