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Our Research and Development (R&D) Manufacturing Science Higher Apprenticeship programme is designed to create the science manufacturing technicians of the future.

On the GSK R&D Manufacturing Science Higher Apprenticeship, you will work within our R&D pilot plant facilities where we manufacture oral solid dose (tablets and capsules) and respiratory (inhalers, capsules and intranasal devices) drug products for clinical trials and other investigational purposes.

As a manufacturing science apprentice you will develop the skills and knowledge required to operate the systems and equipment that produce our pharmaceutical products studying towards a higher apprenticeship. You will work as a member of a team of manufacturing scientists, manufacturing drug products to a production schedule.

A broad understanding of the R&D manufacturing environment will be provided through experience working collaboratively with colleagues from laboratory, planning, logistics, validation, engineering, materials management and commercial functions.

What will this apprenticeship offer me?

The GSK R&D Manufacturing Science Higher Apprenticeship is a three year Level 5 programme at our pilot plants in Ware. It offers you the chance to study towards a nationally recognised qualification – a foundation degree (FdSc) in Chemical Science - while gaining valuable, paid work experience.

There is the potential for the apprenticeship to be extended to 5 years to incorporate a full Bachelor’s degree.

What does the GSK R&D Manufacturing Science Higher Apprenticeship involve?

You will be assigned to our R&D pilot plant, combining on-the-job learning with a programme of training and development. Your role might involve:

  • working as part of a team of manufacturing scientists
  • supporting the design, introduction, validation and commissioning of new process equipment
  • supporting complex manufacturing processes
  • ensuring quality, safety and accuracyTo be eligible for our manufacturing science apprenticeship programme, you will need:

Do I have the skills?

  • a minimum 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths, English Language (not literature) and Science or equivalent.
  • must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points from your top 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) not including General Studies
  • your A Levels (or equivalent) must include Chemistry or Maths

Where will I be based?

The GSK R&D Manufacturing Science Higher Apprenticeship runs for three years and we have opportunities at our pilot plant in Ware.

What our apprentices say about the Manufacturing Scientist apprenticeship...

“It’s a great feeling knowing that the work you’re doing is being used to improve GSK technologies and supporting clinical trials. In my second year, I am already working with other teams in developing our processes to be even better than last year.”

When can I start?

Our apprentices start September 2018.


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