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Laboratory Science (Chemistry) Apprenticeship

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including English Language (not Literature), Science and Maths, A Level Chemistry at grade C or above
  • Qualification Gained: Professional Qualification
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    • Ware
    • Stevenage
    • Maidenhead

Exciting minds with our Laboratory Science (Chemistry) Apprenticeship

Education required:

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

  • To have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points from your top 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) not including General Studies

  • A Level Chemistry at grade C or above

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!

About Us

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. We have 3 global businesses that research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.


Achieve your career goals on our apprentice programme

The 3-year apprenticeship is a blended approach of distance learning and block release with Kent University (please note: the provider may be subject to change).

You will be studying towards a Level 5 Apprenticeship in Chemical Science (Chemistry)  After completing the level 5 you may be offered the opportunity to go on to study for a level 6 (degree level) apprenticeship.

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 laboratory team based at our Ware pharmaceutical manufacturing site. This is not an R&D facility.


Your duties might include:

  • Learning analytical methods and operating specialist laboratory equipment to test our pharmaceutical products and raw materials

  • Learning about the process each drug or product follows through to full scale manufacturing.

  • Carrying out data analysis, interpreting data and report writing

​You’ll be excited by the thought of:

  • Building your laboratory skills in a manufacturing setting

  • Studying towards your Level 5 apprenticeship in Chemical Science

  • Working as part of a team of scientists

  • Using your analytical skills and attention to detail to support our patients to do more, feel better, live longer.

If you successfully complete your apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to work towards a level 6 (degree level) apprenticeship.


Benefits include:   

  • A fully-sponsored Level 5 Apprenticeship in Chemical Science (Chemistry)

  • A competitive annual salary of £17,000

  • Private healthcare 

  • A range of benefits including share schemes and tax-free bikes 

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

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


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.


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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!

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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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