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Our Apprentice Program provides recent and soon-to-be high school graduates the opportunity to build technical skills through a tailored entry-level development program.

Apprenticeships

GSK’s Apprentice Program is a 2-4-year long program that provides students with the opportunity to jumpstart their career while pursuing a college education. During their program, our apprentices receive a combination of paid on-the-job training while studying towards their associates degree, fully-funded, at GSK’s partnering college. All apprenticeships are registered with the Department of Labor at each site, and apprentices receive a certificate of completion from the US Department of Labor at the end of their program. 

Our application process

The recruitment process is robust, but you should always bear in mind that the process is as much for you as it is us. We want you to proceed through each level in our process so that you can explore GSK and determine whether we are the right fit for you.

Top tips for your application:

  • Make sure you apply early. We recruit on an ongoing basis and prioritize applications based on the application date.
  • Complete your application form carefully, don’t rush. This is your first opportunity to show us your motivation, skills, and to make a good impression.
  • Research GSK before applying to determine if we are the right company for you.
  • Think about the skills you have to bring to your desired role that will add value to the apprenticeship and help GSK make an impact to patients’ lives.

The scope and breadth of our business is reflected in the range of apprenticeship opportunities we offer to talented and ambitious individuals. Our apprenticeships will give you hands-on experience in your chosen discipline, and the chance to play a key role in contributing to the future success of GSK, a world-leading pharmaceutical company.

The program will offer you on-the-job learning from industry leaders while earning a competitive compensation package, college enrollment in an Associate’s Degree program paid for by GSK, and the opportunity to receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion from the US Department of Labor. In 2018, the US Department of Labor engaged GSK to join its Excellence in Apprenticeship Development, Education and Research (LEADER) Program.

If you are a hardworking individual looking to develop the skills and experience required for your chosen career, GSK’s academic apprenticeships may be right for you. As you may expect, there are minimum entry requirements to be eligible, and these vary by program.

Many of our locations in the US offer you the chance to join us on an Apprentice Program. Depending on your location, you can apply for one of our apprenticeships at a variety of sites. Click here and search #ApprenticeUS to view all open Apprentice positions.

Different from our Internship and Co-op program

GSK’s Internship and Co-Op Program is a unique opportunity that allows students to enhance and develop skills that are learned in the classroom in a real work environment. Internships are 10-12 week-long assignments, and Co-Op assignments are 6-12-month long assignments.

Achieve your career goals on our Apprentice Program

We offer 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.

When does the Apprenticeship start?

2022 recruitment is currently open, and assessment centers are held in May for Apprenticeships which begin in August 2022.

Learn more about our benefits and development opportunities

Click each role below for details and qualifications

Apprenticeship opportunities

Automation Technician apprenticeship

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.

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.

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

Click here and search #ApprenticeUS to view all open Apprentice positions.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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Calibration and Instrumentation Technician apprenticeship

We are investing heavily in innovative engineering and manufacturing technology and apprentices are key to helping us deliver our vision. Our Calibration and Instrumentation Technician Apprentice Program is designed to create the engineers of the future. As a C&I Technician Apprentice, you will have the opportunity to develop electrical, instrumentation and process control skills. You will provide technical instrumentation support for manufacturing and/or laboratory facilities, carry out routine calibrations and maintenance, diagnose and resolve breakdowns, as well as, help to design, install and test new instrumentation and control systems.

What does a Calibration and Instrumentation Technician apprenticeship involve?

Our Calibration and Instrumentation apprenticeship is a paid, three year program. You will attend college part time studying theory elements of the apprenticeship and gaining some practical workshop experience. In addition, you will spend time in the production facility learning new skills, while rotating through various engineering teams across the site. Your rotations may include time in manufacturing, laboratories, packaging, maintenance utilities and/or automation. Your apprenticeship will combine on-the-job learning with a program of training and development.

What will this apprenticeship offer me?

Our Calibration and Instrumentation Technician apprenticeship offers you the chance to study towards nationally recognized qualifications while gaining valuable, paid work experience. You will work towards an Associate’s Degree (AAS) in at one of GSK’s partnering community colleges or technical institutions with the potential to go on to further study. Upon completion of the 3 year apprenticeship program, you will also receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion from the US Department of Labor.

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our Calibration and Instrumentation 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

Click here and search #ApprenticeUS to view all open Apprentice positions.

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Electro-Mechanical Technician apprenticeship

Technicians at GSK are responsible for troubleshooting, maintaining and improving our leading-edge manufacturing facilities that deliver consumer healthcare products which help in their day-to-day lives. We are investing heavily in innovative engineering and manufacturing technology and apprentices are key to helping us deliver that vision and maintaining our production equipment/technology.

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 electro-mechanical technician apprentice, you will have the opportunity to develop mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, control, and automation skills.

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our Electro-Mechanical 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

Click here and search #ApprenticeUS to view all open Apprentice positions.

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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.

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

Click here and search #ApprenticeUS to view all open Apprentice positions.

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Plant Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship

We are investing heavily in innovative engineering and manufacturing technology and apprentices are key to helping us deliver our vision. Our Plant Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice Program is designed to create the mechanics of the future. As an Apprentice, you will have the opportunity to develop mechanical skills and will learn how to maintain manufacturing and packaging equipment – carrying out routine maintenance, diagnosing and resolving breakdowns, and helping to design, install and test new equipment.

What does a Plant Maintenance Mechanic Apprenticeship involve?

Our Plant Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeship is a paid, four-year program. You will attend classes part-time, studying theory elements of the apprenticeship and gaining some practical workshop experience. In addition, you will spend time in the production facility learning new skills while rotating through various engineering roles across the site. Your rotations may include time in manufacturing, packaging, or maintenance.

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our Maintenance Mechanic 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

Click here and search #ApprenticeUS to view all open Apprentice positions.

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Supply Chain Associate Apprenticeship

Our Supply Chain Associate 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.

Our Supply Chain Associate Apprenticeship offers you the chance to study fully funded towards nationally recognized qualifications while gaining valuable, paid work experience.

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 Supply Chain Associate 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 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

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Explore opportunities

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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 make an impact for society.

Need help with your application?

Please contact us at am.earlytalentrecruitment@gsk.com

We want GSK to be a workplace where everyone can feel valued, supported and seen. Diverse perspectives lead to fresh, innovative ideas. We're building an inclusive culture where the world's best talent can help transform medicine, together.

Development and benefits

  • The start of a career with a leader in the global healthcare industry
  • An hourly pay rate for hours worked and attended at college
  • Company-paid college tuition and fees towards a job-related Associate’s degree
  • Time off with pay
  • Yearly pay increases
  • Comprehensive healthcare, including medical and dental plans
  • An annual bonus
  • Shares and 401K Savings options

Training and development

As an apprentice, we will foster your growth and encourage you to recognize your potential by offering you differentiated development training and the freedom to build your own career. Our goal is to help you achieve your ambitions.

You will learn on-the-job from industry experts, and you will be assigned a line manager and a mentor who will support you throughout your apprenticeship. They will ensure you gain the right experience and skills to meet the needs of the business and the requirements of the apprentice occupation.

Some apprentice schemes may include personal development training such as:

  • Resilence training
  • Team working skills
  • Communication skills
  • Involvement in a community-service project
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