Degree Apprenticeship

Laboratory Science (Chemistry) Degree Apprenticeship, Barnard Castle, 2022

(BSc) Chemical Science

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. 

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Zoe, Micronising Technical Intern, tells us about her placement at GSK – where she has been reducing the particle size of the active ingredients in pharmaceutical products, and leading in charity events. To watch the full Gradcracker/GSK webinar, click here.

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 

On our 4-year programme you’ll receive tailored on-the-job training from industry experts from day one combined with early responsibility to help you to develop and progress. You’ll be working towards a degree (BSc) in Chemical Science through a blended approach of day study and block release. 

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 Barnard Castle site. While this site is not an R&D facility, we do manage new products from pilot to full scale manufacturing.  

During your apprenticeship you will be: 

  • Learning a range of analytical methods and operating specialist laboratory equipment to test our pharmaceutical products and raw materials
  • Analysing, interpreting and investigating results – as well as writing reports on your findings
  • Learning about the process each drug or product follows through from pilot to full scale manufacturing.
  • Involved in improvement projects
  • Testing and commissioning new laboratory equipment and processes.  

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 

Benefits include:    

  • A competitive starting base salary of £17,500 per year, rising to £21,000 after one year
  • 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)  

We would love to receive your application and recommend you apply as soon as possible – we may need to close the role early when we have high levels of applications and do not want you to miss out!

We want you to be motivated and passionate for the Apprenticeship you apply to – so 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!

Start date: September 2022

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  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £17,500 + benefits
  • Barnard Castle (Durham)
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