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AstraZeneca Apprenticeship - Manufacturing Advanced Apprenticeship

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-069906 Date posted 01/03/2020

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you’ll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve. We need great people who share our passion for science and have the drive and determination to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world. If you’re curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Our scientific research and development is afforded the utmost respect so we give our people the same. We do everything we can to make sure each AstraZeneca person has everything they need to stretch themselves and see what they can achieve.


Where you start your journey with us doesn't determine the course of your career. So many of our people develop themselves beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of their roles and the countries they've worked in. We don't limit their capabilities by what's possible from them now but by what's possible from them in the future.

AstraZeneca’s apprenticeship scheme offers you a unique opportunity to learn within a multi-national company gaining useable skills whilst working closely alongside industry experts and professionals. The workplace experience acquired during your apprenticeship and competitive salary will aid you in your career with many of the ex-apprentices going on to enjoy full term positions within the company.

In addition to the valuable working experience you will have the opportunity to study towards a Level 3  Manufacturing Technician professional qualification. https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/science-manufacturing-technician/at Macclesfield College

The apprenticeship programme commences annually in September at the Macclesfield site and the Manufacturing apprenticeship roles will be plant based learning with practical on the job training within the many manufacturing departments. You will rotate between plants and different products working alongside industry professionals to gain a broad experience of each department. Carrying out duties such as;

  • Delivering the required production demand for a number of Pharmaceutical products.
  • Operation of manufacturing equipment, including start up and shutdown procedures, in process checks.
  • Performing critical quality checks in line with current Good Manufacturing Procedures (cGMP)
  • Use of Lean manufacturing tools

The apprentice will receive an Apprenticeship Training Plan that describes the training they need to meet the standard. It may include a mixture of external and internal training that will ensure the Apprentice is fully competent by the end of their programme. It will show when each area of the standard must be acquired and assessed and which areas may require off the job study/activities.

The Apprentice will gain transferable core skills and knowledge. In addition, they will gain skills specific to the working practices of their place of employment. The requirements of the Apprenticeship are designed to offer stretch and progression.

Further training as required which will be confirmed at the start of the training plan. Training to be part of the contracted hours making up the working week.

Essential skills/capabilities required:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good team working skills
  • High organisation skills and confidence to work independently
  • Logical thinking to be able to apply processes
  • The ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgments based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
  • Concerns for standards
  • High numeracy and literacy skills
  • Computer literacy
  • The ability to learn
  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative

Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) grades 9-4 including Maths, English and Science
  • One A-level or equivalent at grade C

To apply for this position, please click the apply link below

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements

This is a 2 year Fixed Term Contract opportunity based at Macclesfield with a competitive salary on offer.  Please note you will be required to work to a shift pattern.  

Opening date of advert:  3rd January 2020

Closing date of advert:   19th March 2020

Successful candidates will be notified after the closing date and will be asked to attend an Assessment day on 1st May 2020 in Macclesfield.

If you share our passion for scientific excellence, find out more at careers.astrazeneca.com



AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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