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Achieve your career goals on our Apprentice Program

GSK offers a variety of apprenticeships across many of our sites in the US. The Apprentice Program offers you the chance to study fully funded towards nationally recognized qualifications while gaining valuable, paid work experience. We look for apprentices to join us who ideally live within a 60-minute commute of their chosen site. The types of apprenticeships we offer is dependent upon business needs, and the availability of roles will vary by GSK work site.

As an Apprentice, you will study part time towards an Associate’s degree (AAS) aligned to your program at one of GSK’s partnering community colleges fully funded by GSK, with the potential to go on to further study.

Upon completion of the program, you will also receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion from the US Department of Labor, an industry issued, portable nationally recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency

Working with both your line and program manager we want to identify the right opportunities to help you succeed in the short term and throughout your career with us.  You will also be assigned a buddy or a mentor who will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship.

Please scroll down to learn more about our apprenticeship opportunities in the US.

When does the Apprenticeship start?

Recruitment is currently open, and our Apprenticeships begin in August 2021.

Apprenticeship opportunities

Automation Technician Apprenticeships

Engineers at GSK are responsible for designing, maintaining and improving our leading-edge manufacturing facilities that deliver life-saving treatments. We are investing heavily in innovative engineering and manufacturing technology and apprentices are key to helping us deliver that vision.

Over the course of this paid 4-year program you will spend part of your week gaining hands on training from our in-house industry experts at our manufacturing sites, combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress.  As an automation technician apprentice, you will have the opportunity to develop mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, control & automation skills.

Apply to roles in Oakhill, NY            Apply to roles in Lincoln, NE

What will you do?

You will spend time in the manufacturing facility learning new skills while rotating through various engineering teams across the site. Your rotations may include time in manufacturing, packaging, maintenance utilities and/or automation.

Your role may involve:

  • Developing mechanical, electrical, control and instrumentation skills
  • Learning how to maintain production, packaging and service equipment
  • Carrying out routine maintenance
  • Diagnosing and resolving breakdowns
  • Helping to design, install and test new equipment

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our Automation Technician apprenticeship program, you will need:

  • High school diploma or equivalency diploma (such as TACC or GED)
  • High school GPA B (2.5 or above 4.0 scale)
  • High school English (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • Algebra and Geometry or 2 units equivalent of academic math (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • Less than 2 year’s industry related work experience

Where will you be based?

You will be based at one of our manufacturing sites:

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Biochemist Associate Apprenticeship

Our Biochemist Associate Apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and knowledge to tackle a variety of scientific challenges working in our biopharmaceutical manufacturing laboratories – the heartbeat of our company.

Over the course of this 3- to 4-year program you will spend most of your week at the labs in our biopharmaceutical manufacturing site receiving tailored on-the-job training from our in-house industry experts, combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress. 

Apply to roles in Rockville, MD

What will you do?

The Biochemist Associate 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 and instrumentation to test our products and raw materials
  • Learning about the process each drug or product follows through to full scale manufacturing.
  • Conducting microbiological & environmental sampling and testing
  • Operating specialist equipment to improve testing procedures
  • Developing your knowledge in analytical chemistry

You’ll be excited by the thought of developing your personal skills such as reasoning, communication, problem solving, team working, relationship building and influencing.

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our Biochemist Associate apprenticeship program, you will need:

  • High school diploma or equivalency diploma (such as TACC or GED)
  • High school GPA B (2.5) or above (4.0 scale)
  • High school Math and English (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • High school Chemistry or Biology (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • Less than 2 year’s industry related work experience

Where will you be based?

You will be based at our biopharm manufacturing site in Rockville, MD

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Biopharmaceutical Associate Apprenticeship

Our Biopharmaceutical Associate Apprenticeship will equip you with the specialist skills needed to support the production of our life-saving drugs.

Over the course of this paid 3-4 year program you will spend most of your week at our biopharmaceutical manufacturing site receiving specialist on-the-job training from our in-house industry experts, combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress. 

Apply to roles in Rockville, MD  Apply to roles in Upper Merion, PA

What will you do?

During the Biopharmaceutical Associate Apprenticeship, you will learn how our products are made in order to be able to confidently support manufacturing new and existing products, process controls & validation as well as process improvement work.

Depending on your preferences, strengths and ambition, this apprenticeship could lead in many career directions including manufacturing or process technologist, equipment and automation support, operations management and operational quality.

You can expect to work both individually (when appropriately trained) and as part of a manufacturing team - taking responsibility for the quality, safety and accuracy of the work you undertake.

Your role may involve:

  • Performing complex manufacturing processes in a highly automated, regulated environment – ensuring quality, safety and accuracy in all that we do
  • Operating bioreactors, chromatography columns, parts washers, and autoclaves, to make our products
  • Preparing media and buffer solutions for the manufacturing processes
  • Monitoring and analyzing production processes and data, utilizing various instruments and control systems
  • Working in teams to continuously improve the functionality of our automated equipment and processes.

You’ll be excited by the thought of developing your personal skills such as reasoning, communication, problem solving, team working, relationship building and influencing.

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our Biopharmaceutical Associate Apprenticeship program, you will need:

  • High school diploma or equivalency diploma (such as TACC or GED)
  • High school GPA B (2.5) or above (4.0 scale)
  • High school Math and English (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • High school Chemistry or Biology (GPA 2.5 or above)
  • Less than 2 year’s industry related work experience

Where will you be based?

You will be based at one of our manufacturing sites

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Laboratory Analyst Apprenticeship

Our Laboratory Analyst Apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and knowledge to tackle a variety of scientific challenges working in our manufacturing laboratories – the heartbeat of our company.

Over the course of this 3 year program you will spend most of your week at the labs in our manufacturing site receiving tailored on-the-job training from our in-house industry experts, combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress. 

Apply to roles in Zebulon, NC

What will you do?

The Laboratory Analyst Apprenticeship will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a number of areas. These might include:

  • Working as part of a team to support the routine analysis of raw materials, manufactured and stability samples using classical and chromatographic techniques as appropriate
  • Manage the smooth and efficient flow of samples and products from manufacturing, logistics and other areas on site to the laboratory.
  • Sample, test, report and validate final products, intermediates, raw materials and in-process samples to defined procedures
  • Consistently operate to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Laboratories Practices (GLP) standards to ensure compliant product testing
  • Maintain and calibrate a wide range of analytical equipment to ensure continual production of accurate and precise results
  • Utilize theoretical and practical knowledge to aid interpretation of results and troubleshooting
  • Demonstrate proficiency in routine laboratory information systems to interpret and report results
  • Work in a compliant manner to ensure the safety of yourself, others and the protection of the environment
  • Learning about the process each drug or product follows through to full scale manufacturing
  • Looking for ways to improve safety, quality and laboratory processes

You’ll be excited by the thought of developing your personal skills such as reasoning, communication, problem solving, team working, relationship building and influencing.

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our Laboratory Analyst Apprenticeship program, you will need:

  • High school diploma or equivalency diploma (such as TACC or GED)
  • High school GPA B (2.5) or above (4.0 scale)
  • High school Math and English (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • High school chemistry or biology (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • Less than 2 year’s industry related work experience

Where will you be based?

You will be based at one of our manufacturing sites:

  • Oak Hill, NY  Applications will be opening soon
  • Zebulon, NC Apply Now
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Logistics Coordinator Apprenticeship

Our Logistics Coordinator Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to play a key role in helping the company source raw materials, manufacture our products and deliver the life-saving medicines to patients all over the world.

Over the course of this paid 3-year program you will spend most of your week at our manufacturing site receiving tailored on-the-job training from our in-house industry experts, combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress.  Ensuring that our products are delivered to our patients and customers when they need them is vital. As a Logistics Coordinator Apprentice, you will gain a strong understanding of the steps involved in an end-to-end supply chain and play a key role in ensuring that GSK makes the right products and delivers them to the right place at the right time.

What will you do?

During the apprenticeship you will gain insight into how products and goods are made and shipped including warehouse operations. You’ll also learn how to use and interpret supply chain data to organize our raw materials and help plan and implement our manufacturing and product delivery schedules.

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in a number of areas. These might include:

  • Assisting the planning department in their role through inputting data to measure key performance indicators (KPIs),
  • Helping team members with data collection, and trending to measure KPIs
  • Have responsibility for putting together metrics for performance meetings
  • Picking up your own portfolio of products to manage as you gain responsibility and progress in the role
  • Working alongside colleagues on key projects liaising with external contractors, and as your experience grows you may have the opportunity to manage your own

You’ll be excited by the thought of developing your personal skills such as reasoning, communication, problem solving, team working, relationship building and influencing.

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our logistics apprenticeship program, you will need:

  • High school diploma or equivalency diploma (such as TACC or GED)
  • High school GPA B (2.5) or above (4.0 scale)
  • High school math and English (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • Less than 2 year’s industry related work experience

Where will you be based?

You will be based at one of our manufacturing sites

  • Oakhill, NY  Applications will be opening soon
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Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship

Our Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to operate the systems and equipment that produce our pharmaceutical products - from chemical processing to tablet and syrup manufacturing or pharmaceutical packaging.

Over the course of this paid 3-year program you will spend most of your week at our manufacturing site receiving tailored on-the-job training from our in-house industry experts, combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress. 

What will you do?

During the Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship you will complete a series of on-site job rotations, learning how to operate the different equipment that makes our pharmaceutical products.

You can expect to work both individually (when appropriately trained) and as part of a manufacturing team - taking responsibility for the quality, safety and accuracy of the work you undertake.

Your role may involve:

  • Identifying areas for improvement
  • Pinpointing the root causing problems
  • Supporting manufacturing processes
  • Ensuring quality, safety and accuracy in all that we do

You’ll be excited by the thought of developing your personal skills such as reasoning, communication, problem solving, team working, relationship building and influencing.

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship, you will need:

  • High school diploma or equivalency diploma (such as TACC or GED)
  • High school GPA B (2.5) or above (4.0 scale)
  • High school Math and English (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • Less than 2 year’s industry related work experience

Where will you be based?

You will be based at our manufacturing site in Zebulon, NC

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Benefits include:  

  • A competitive base salary
  • An annual bonus
  • Benefit programs benchmarked against industry standards
  • A recognition program to reward exceptional work by you and your team
  • A performance and development program
  • A training and development program including opportunities to attend events such as the “Outward Bounds” course

We are 100% open to all talent               

We are 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, color, 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, because it’s the right thing to do. 

Need help with your application?

Please contact us at ww.earlytalentrecruitment@gsk.com  

GSK is focused on creating an inclusive organization where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. We aim to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures regardless of actual or perceived race, color, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, gender identity and/or expression, religion or belief, physical ability/ disability.