GSK expands apprenticeship programme in Ireland

  • Attracting and developing early talent is key to maintaining competitiveness
  • Three year programme offers school leavers a unique path to a degree while working alongside leading global talent and the opportunity to earn and learn
  • Opportunities for new, non-traditional apprenticeships in areas such as quality and supply chain as well as traditional craft engineering apprenticeships

GSK announced that it is expanding its successful apprenticeship programme at its three manufacturing sites in Ireland. The global healthcare company is currently recruiting for five apprentices – a Business and Supply Chain apprentice in Cork; a Pharmaceutical Technical apprentice in both Dungarvan and Sligo, as well as two Engineering apprentices in Sligo. This is part of a wider GSK apprentice programme across its global manufacturing sites where it plans to recruit more than 50 apprentices in 2017 and expand the programme to the US.

With the inclusion of non-craft apprenticeships, GSK is challenging the traditional perception of an apprenticeship being associated more with a trade or craft. It also underpins GSK’s commitment to building capability and developing careers within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

As a GSK apprentice, the successful candidates will gain a strong understanding of a broad range of skills and processes as well as an understanding of their potential impact on product, quality and patient safety. The apprenticeships are three-year programmes leading towards foundation degrees. As well as earning an internationally recognised qualification, participants will gain valuable on-the-job experience, a competitive base salary and access to GSK’s benefit scheme.

Fergus O’Brien, Talent Acquisition Manager, GSK Ireland said “Apprentices are a crucial part of our workforce both now and for the future of GSK in Ireland.  We are committed to ensuring every apprentice receives the right level of responsibility, experience and support. In addition to studying towards a qualification, apprentices will gain valuable on-the-job experience alongside the industry’s leading talent as well as a competitive salary.  Our apprenticeship programme in Ireland is part of GSK’s global Early Talent programmes. We have had some fantastic apprentices come through our programme with a number now in senior roles, and I look forward to welcoming the next generation of talent to GSK.”

GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, employs 1,800 people across four locations in Ireland – Dungarvan, Cork, Sligo and Dublin. The company is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. A highly skilled workforce at GSK is essential to the future of its world class facilities in Ireland and initiatives such as the apprenticeship programme aims to ensure a consistent pipeline of future talent for the operation.

Online applications are now being accepted at: for apprenticeships at all three GSK locations.


About GSK in Ireland:

GSK, one of the world’s leading healthcare companies, employs 1,800 people across four locations in Ireland – Dungarvan, Cork, Sligo and Dublin. GSK is committed to helping people around the world to do more, feel better and live longer. GSK is challenging the status quo of how a healthcare company can contribute to global health through improving access and innovation through both what and how we operate.

GSK in Dungarvan which produces a variety of ‘over-the-counter’ pharmacy and oral care products is the global home of Panadol:  Around 7.5 billion Panadol tablets are produced in Dungarvan each year – that’s 150 Panadol tablets a second – exporting to over 70 countries worldwide.

Our Cork site produces the active ingredients for a range of medicines for diseases such as childhood cancer, depression, diabetes, HIV, Parkinson’s disease and arthritis while our Sligo facility is dedicated to skincare producing around 30 million skin medicines and products every year including Oilatum and Physiogel.

Our Dublin headquarters are home to our Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Healthcare businesses. Our Pharma business is a leader in respiratory medicines and the largest provider of vaccines to the HSE in Ireland while the consumer healthcare is one of the leaders in both the pain and oral care markets owning famous brands such as Panadol, Voltorol, Sensodyne and Corsodyl.