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Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programme

About the programme

The Apprenticeship programme is within the Manufacturing and Packing area, which
is recognised as world leading due to our ability to manufacture key Sterile Parenteral products. The Packing centre, packs a wide range of key Pharmaceutical products for the European, Middle East and Asia regions (EMEA). We supply multiple products which support our key therapeutic areas of Cardiovascular and Oncology.

Products leaving our Macclesfield site are supporting patients in over 140 countries worldwide.

How does the programme work?

This 2 year apprenticeship offers plant-based learning with practical, on-the-job training. You will be working alongside industry professionals to gain in-depth experience.

The key deliverables and responsibilities for a Manufacturing Apprentice are;

  • Maintaining safety of self and others in line with company
  • Following key operating
  • Operate and changeover fully automated manufacturing machinery
  • Be part of a team that delivers their agreed manufacturing plan
  • Engage in life-long learning

There are two key Manufacturing areas of the Macclesfield site, the Global Packaging centre of excellence and the Sterile Parenteral Manufacturing Area. You will be selected for one of these areas where you will complete your apprenticeship, the focus will be on gaining an in depth knowledge of the area for which you will be working in and become a fully integrated part of the manufacturing team. Your will be trained to become a fully competent and validated team member who will work in a small team.

You’ll complete either a Level 3 or Level 4 BTEC qualification, dependent on previous education achievements. At the end of the apprenticeship, and if successful in securing a full time role in the business, there will be potential to continue with further education opportunities.

How we will support you

AstraZeneca is a huge advocate of early careers and we all want you to succeed. In
return for the passion and energy you will bring to the function where you will be based, we will support your apprenticeship all the way and you will be encouraged to fulfil all of your potential. You will have access to excellent development opportunities, playing a crucial role in your team, whilst being supported to network and socialise with your peers so you can see the impact of your creativity and ideas.

As you join us, you will be supported by your line manager, a mentor and a buddy from the business. Your buddy will be an existing/ex-apprentice to support your onboarding into AstraZeneca and your role.

Within the fast-paced manufacturing environment we expect our apprentices to actively engage in their personal development and seize every opportunity they can to develop themselves or our processes to help continually improve performance of our people and our processes.

Our flexible benefits programme allows you to select your own benefits package based on your personal preferences and circumstances. So, from lifestyle benefits to comprehensive health, pension, insurance and financial plans, you choose the package for you – and if you change your mind the following year, you can adapt it. For more information please click here.

Where you will be based

These roles are working within either sterile Manufacturing or Packing at our Macclesfield campus.

Essential requirements

What we're looking for:

  • Enthusiastic individuals
  • A passion to learn
  • Confidence to work independently
  • Logical thinking
  • The ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving
  • Demonstrable initiative
  • Self-motivation
  • Be able to work a shift pattern

Please see individual job advertisements for specific educational requirements.

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Being an apprentice has meant I've been able to earn money whilst I am learning, which allows me to save money for later life whilst also preparing me for the workplace.

- Jamie, Manufacturing Excellence Apprentice

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