Updated: 23/02/17 : 05:47:04
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GSK Sligo announces new apprenticeship programme

GSK Sligo is launching a recruitment campaign for its apprenticeship programme, and is seeking to recruit a Pharmaceutical Technical (Pharma Tech) apprentice and two Engineering apprentices to join its 200 strong workforce at its Sligo site. 

The national GSK pharmaceutical technical programme, now in its second year is being offered in Sligo for the first time in 2017 while it is also seeking to recruit two engineering apprentices to the site.

To raise awareness of the programme and highlight its benefits to school leavers, career guidance teachers from local secondary schools have been invited to attend a workshop on the site on the afternoon of Tuesday 28th February 201l7.  

Leaving Cert students who are interested in applying for the apprenticeship programme are encouraged to apply for the programme by visiting www.ie.gsk.com and applying before 20th March 2017.

As a GSK Pharma Tech Apprentice, the successful candidate will develop the skills and knowledge required to operate the systems and equipment of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer and pharmaceutical products. This apprenticeship is a three-year, fully funded programme leading towards a foundation degree in Applied Chemical Science Technology.

Similarly. the two engineering apprentices will benefit from four yours of on-the-job training while studying towards a globally recognised National Craft Qualification with the opportunity to go on to study for a level 7/8 third level degree in engineering.

As well as earning an internationally recognised qualification, participants in both programmes will gain valuable on-the-job experience, a competitive base salary and access to GSK’s benefit scheme.

'Continued commitment'

Pauline Finan at GSK Sligo said “I’m delighted that GSK Sligo is offering these apprenticeships.  As a global manufacturing site, it’s important that we have a strong pipeline of talent to play a key role in helping the company supply the skin healthcare products we make, serving millions of patients around the world.”

Outlining the future career that the apprentices could look forward to, Pauline added: “The new programme is part of GSK Sligo’s continued commitment to building capability and developing careers within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Our new apprenticeship programme is an exciting and unique opportunity to be part of an important area of our business. GSK has invested significantly in the Sligo site and initiatives such as the apprenticeship programme further illustrate GSK’s commitment to the region. The programme offers successful applicants a significant opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and progress their career while also earning a recognised qualification.”

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.”

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In operation since 1975, GSK’s manufacturing facility in Sligo is dedicated to skincare, producing around 30 million skin medicines and products every year including Oilatum and Physiogel exporting to over 65 countries.

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.

The recruitment in Sligo is part of a wider GSK apprentice programme across its global manufacturing sites where it plans to recruit more than 50 apprentices in 2017.

Further information is available on www.ie.gsk.com.