Pharmaceutical Packaging Design Technologist Degree Apprenticeship, 2021, Open to flexible working

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Barnard Castle, Durham
05 Jul 2021
31 Jul 2021

Exciting minds with our Pharmaceutical Packaging Design Technologist Degree Apprenticeship

Education required: Must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) at grades 9-5 which must include English Language (not literature) and Maths at grade 5 or above. Must also have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points from your top 3 A levels or equivalent (not including General Studies).

Start date: September 2021

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!

Want to solve some of the world's biggest health challenges?

With over 300 years of innovation, we're a science-led global healthcare company that delivers billions of innovative products each year. Join us and help millions of people do more, feel better, live longer.

Achieve your career goals on our apprentice programme

On our pharmaceutical packaging design technologist degree apprenticeship 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 BSc (Honours) Packaging Professional which will be delivered through 3 day block study periods, work-based projects, presentations and on-line study by Sheffield Hallam University.

If you are offered a role; 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?

Your apprenticeship will be in the Packaging Technology team. You will be based at our Barnard Castle site and will also work with other sites across the UK and the world. Communication skills are key as you will be communicating with teams at GSK and with external partners.

Your duties might include:

  • Supporting the development and design of new packaging materials
  • Packaging Sustainability - understanding the impact of our current packaging materials & helping to set the sustainability strategy by identifying new packaging materials.
  • Manage progressively larger projects (supported by colleagues) including new product introduction
  • Learning how to resolve packaging issues in GSK sites in the UK and across the world.
  • Designing packaging to protect our products during transportation from early stage manufacture to delivery to the patient.
  • Looking at ways we can continuously improve our current packaging.

This apprenticeship leads to Packaging technologist roles either as technical expert or more broadly supporting our site manufacturing sites.

You'll be excited by the thought of:

  • learning new skills
  • Working with sites across the world including some travel (Covid compliant)
  • building your scientific knowledge, business sense and customer relationship skills on a tailored development programme 
  • learning how to prioritise and manage projects.
  • Working on sustainability projects
  • Completing an apprenticeship that gives you the university experience (in 3 day blocks) as well as earning while you work and learn.

Benefits include:

  • A competitive starting base salary of £17,500 per year
  • An annual bonus
  • A recognition programme to reward exceptional work by you and your team
  • A performance and development programme
  • Training and Development (including opportunities to attend events such as the Outward Bound
  • Include any health and well being programmes

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.

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.

Need help with your application?

Please email us at 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.

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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