Laboratory Science Level 3 Apprenticeship at GSK

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GSK are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare within which all our 100,000 employees share the vision of helping people do more, feel better and live longer.

Laboratory Science Level 3 Apprenticeship

All GSK products spend time in a laboratory, whether that’s during the development of a new treatment or the testing our products to ensure quality conformance. Our Laboratory apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and knowledge to tackle a variety of scientific challenges working in our R&D or manufacturing laboratories.

What does a Laboratory apprenticeship involve?

We offer Laboratory apprenticeships in either a manufacturing or a research & development (R&D) setting. The Laboratory apprenticeship will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a number of areas. These might include:

  • Operating specialist laboratory equipment to test our products and raw materials
  • Learning about the process each drug or product follows though to full scale manufacturing.
  • Microbiological & environmental sampling and testing
  • Archiving and managing  samples
  • Operating specialist equipment to develop new products
  • Developing new technology and processes
  • Drug delivery
  • Synthetic and analytical chemistry
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Report writing

As well as these, you will also develop your personal skills such as reasoning, communication, problem solving, team working, relationship building and influencing.

What does this apprenticeship offer me?

We offer two levels of Laboratory apprenticeship;

  • The Advanced apprenticeship is a Level 3 and will lead to a BTEC in Applied Science (or similar).

This will usually have a chemistry or biology bias.

Please specify whether you are more interested in a biology-based or chemistry-based apprenticeship in your application.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

The different programmes require different minimum entry qualifications which are detailed below.

  • England: a minimum 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths, English Language (not literature) and Science
  • Scotland: A minimum of five Scottish credit/general standard grades or equivalent or above, including Maths, English and Science. Must also have/be predicted to achieve at least 1 Scottish Higher or equivalent at grade C or higher in a Maths, Biology or Chemistry.

What our apprentices say about the Laboratory apprenticeship...

“It feels great to run experiments and they run successfully.  Others in the lab are doing the same level of chemistry; I’m never treated differently in the team”.

“I’m so proud to get on to the programme. I still walk in and think wow”!

“My biggest achievement is, whilst only a 3rd year Apprentice, that I am already an Instrument Owner.  There are only two owners across GSK, as it's a new technology”.

When can I start?

Our apprenticeships start in September 2017.

How to apply

To apply for this role and to find out more, please click on the apply button below.

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