GSK launches UK apprenticeship programme


Will offer 40 annual apprenticeships in manufacturing, r&d and IT

GSK has launched a multi-disciplinary apprenticeship scheme for young people of 16–24.

The programme, which will sit alongside GSK’s established graduate and undergraduate recruitment schemes, will offer positions at the pharmaceutical firm’s UK manufacturing, r&d and corporate sites.

The scheme will start in August with GSK taking on 40 apprentices in the first intake.

The firm has historically taken on a number of engineering apprentices, however this new integrated scheme will offer IT, r&d, laboratory technician, manufacturing, supply chain management and artwork design opportunities.

The apprenticeships will be offered at GSK sites in Barnard Castle, Brentford, Irvine, Maidenhead, Montrose, Slough, Ulverston, Ware and Worthing.

Apprenticeships will last between 2–4 years depending on the discipline. All roles will be a combination of on-the-job training and studying.

In addition to a competitive basic salary, GSK says the apprentices will benefit from a personalised training plan and a mentor from the firm, who will provide advice and support during the programme.

Suitable apprentices will be offered a full-time role with the company at the end of the programme.

‘GSK is committed to attracting and developing talent at all levels, and youth training and apprenticeships have a vital role in building the right skills our employees need for the future,’ said Natalie Woodford, svp of Talent, Leadership & Organisation Development at GSK.

GSK employs around 15,000 people in the UK across r&d, manufacturing and corporate functions.