Engineering Apprenticeship Programmes (UK)

  • Employer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Job type Advanced Apprenticeships
  • Salary Competitive
  • Deadline 30/11/-0001

  • Entry requirements N/A
  • Locations Montrose
  • Qualifications gained Degree,Professional Qualification,Vocational Qualification
  • Date published 20/03/2019

Engineers at GSK are responsible for designing, maintaining and improving our leading-edge manufacturing & R&D facilities that deliver life-saving treatments.

Our multi-skilled engineering apprenticeship programmes are designed to create the technicians and engineers of the future. As an engineering apprentice, you will have the opportunity to develop mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, control & automation skills in either our R&D or manufacturing facilities.

Achieve your career goals on our apprentice programme

You’ll receive tailored on-the-job training combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress.   You’ll be working towards nationally recognised qualifications while gaining valuable, paid work experience. Depending on your entry qualifications, you will study towards an advanced, higher or degree apprenticeship standard.

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.  You will be assigned a buddy or a mentor if you are offered a role and they  will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship.

If you show the qualities, we are looking for you may be offered the opportunity to go on to study for an HND or degree in engineering.

What will you do?

We offer Engineering Apprenticeships in either a manufacturing or a research & development (R&D) setting.   Our Engineering apprenticeship can last up to four years.  The higher and degree apprentices’ study one day a week while advanced apprentices’ study full time for the first year. When not studying you will be learning new skills with our engineering teams.

 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 maintenance

•                Fault find, diagnose and resolve breakdowns

•                Help design, install and test new equipment

What qualifications do I need?  To be eligible for our Engineering apprenticeship you will need:

Advanced apprenticeship:

Must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of five Scottish National 5s at grade A-C (or five standard grades at grades 1-3).   Must include Maths at a B or above and a Science subject, and English language (not literature) at C or above

Higher apprenticeship:

  • For a higher apprenticeship you will need the entry requirements as advanced apprenticeship above plus:
  • BTEC 3 in Engineering or A levels in Maths and/or Physics and/or Engineering.

Where will I be based?

We have opportunities at the following manufacturing sites:

  • Montrose 

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 the college assignments as well as my practical learning.  It has been a great opportunity to prove myself.”

When does the Apprenticeship start?

Our apprenticeships start in September 2019.

Benefits include:  

•                A competitive base salary

•                An annual bonus

•                Benefit programmes benchmarked against industry standards

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

•                A performance and development programme

•                Training and Development (including opportunities to attend events such as

                  the Outward Bound

•                A nationally recognised qualification

Apply now:

When you apply, you’ll be asked for your personal information and why you want to work for us. We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and offer positions on a first come, first served basis.

Watch a video to get to grips with our recruitment process

Want to understand our whole recruitment process? Watch our video here.

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.

Next steps in our application process:

If you seem like a good fit based on your application form, we’ll invite you to complete our World of GSK online assessment. This will give us a better idea of your strengths and suitability for our apprentice programme. Please check your email daily to see if you’ve been chosen – and complete the World of GSK by the deadline given.

If you succeed in the World of GSK, you’ll progress to the GSK Life job simulation. Following this, we will be looking back over the whole of your application so far to decide whether you meet the specific requirements of the programme in the country you have applied to.

The final round is our Assessment Centre. We anticipate this will be in Feb-April

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