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What’s it like to be a Manufacturing Apprentice at Irvine?

Meet Chloe Greig, who shares her manufacturing apprentice story so far…

I’m one of five Manufacturing Apprentices at GSK Irvine, all at different stages of our apprenticeship – I am in my 3rd and final year.

I suppose some people may have the misconception that a manufacturing apprenticeship involves working on a production line full time, but here it’s so much more. I’m currently assigned to a Control Room – where I manage some of our key processes.

The apprenticeship route really works for me. I’m getting to combine my further education with hands on experience. Reading a book on what it’s like in the industry is nothing in comparison to fully immersing yourself in the business – I know, I’ve done both!

As an apprentice at Irvine, over the last three years, I’ve completed my HNC and SVQ Levels 2 and 3 and am currently working towards my City & Guilds Level 3 in Process Technology.

At GSK there is a real commitment to developing apprentices.  I’ve been able to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities. These include charity work, becoming a STEM Ambassador promoting science to students looking at their career choices, I was also appointed Chair of the NxtGen Team.
Additionally, over the last three years I’ve had the opportunity to attend development weeks with fellow GSK apprentices from across the world and taken part in local challenges and Orange Days – volunteering in the local community..

I would definitely recommend the GSK manufacturing apprenticeship!



Each year we have exciting apprenticeship opportunities at our Global Manufacturing and Supply sites in Montrose and Irvine. Our apprenticeships in Engineering and Manufacturing give you the chance to kick start your career and become the next technician of the future.

As an apprentice with GSK you’ll get the chance to join us in a real job, get hands-on experience with industry leaders, gain fully funded nationally recognised qualifications all whilst earning a competitive salary. You will work towards a level 3 SVQ qualification and an HNC with the potential to go on to further study.

Our GMS sites are vital to what we do. Irvine is a Primary and Antibiotics supply site, with 340 staff, it is a world leader in the primary manufacture of antibiotics.

Irvine currently manufactures two Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and three blended products from which GSK’s leading antibiotic Augmentin and Amoxil range of products are produced.

At our site in Montrose APIs are converted into tablets, creams and inhalers for the treatment of asthma, eczema, AIDS/HIV, flu, high blood pressure and many more.

Joining us as an apprentice will help us in achieving our mission to help people do more, feel better, live longer.

Find out more about GSK and our apprenticeships today.

The Life Sciences and the Related Science Industries are high-tech, innovative and highly diverse, spanning pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, and industrial biotechnology and has applications across many other sectors.

More information about the industry can be found on the Cogent website and the website of Life Sciences Scotland, which represents the life sciences community in Scotland, from industry and academia to healthcare and government.


Posted by | 25th January 2017 | Scientific News

Cogent is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Petroleum and Polymer Industries. They are licensed by Government to help employers in these science-using industries to address their workforce development needs so that they can compete successfully.

Cogent are working to attract young people into the Cogent Sector; helping to shape the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum and promoting careers

Go to Cogent’s website to find out more on the frameworks available in this sector.