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Early careers at AstraZeneca

Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

About the programme

You’ll find Process Industry Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeships in several business areas, where we manufacture a wide range of pharmaceutical products, especially in cardiovascular and oncology, for Europe, Asia and the Middle East. And the products you’ll help us provide make a positive impact to patients in over 140 countries worldwide.

How does the programme work?

Your 2-year apprenticeship will combine plant-based learning with practical, on-the-job training. And you’ll be working alongside industry professionals to gain in-depth experience while completing a Level 3 - BTEC Process Industry Manufacturing Technician qualification.

There are also plenty of opportunities for future growth and experience beyond your BTEC. Many of our apprentices go on to enjoy full time positions and continue their learning, gaining more qualifications.


At Macclesfield, the Global Packaging Centre of Excellence and the Sterile Parenteral Manufacturing Area are the two main apprenticeship sites. You’ll work in one of these, gaining in-depth knowledge of the area, as part of the manufacturing team. As well as your study time, you’ll get on-the-job training and become a valuable part of the team.

How we will support you

We’re huge advocates of early careers, and we all want you to succeed. Bring us the passion and energy and we’ll support you all the way, encouraging you to fulfil all your potential.

You’ll get excellent development opportunities and play a crucial role in your team. We’ll also help and encourage you to network and socialise with your peers so you can see the impact of your creativity and ideas.

From day 1, your line manager, a mentor and a buddy from the business will be there to support you. As an existing or ex-apprentice your buddy will really help you to immerse yourself in the company and your new role.

Manufacturing is fast paced, and we want you to actively engage in your personal development and seize every opportunity learn and grow. And if you have ideas about how to improve our processes and performance, we want to hear them.

You’ll also select your own benefits package with our flexible benefits programme. From lifestyle benefits to comprehensive health, pension, insurance and financial plans, you choose the right 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

We have roles available at our Macclesfield campus (Sterile Manufacturing or Packing).

Essential requirements

What we're looking for:

  • Enthusiastic people with a passion to learn
  • Quick and agile thinkers
  • Logical thinkers who can use their initiative
  • Rational problem solvers
  • Self-motivated people confident of working independently
  • Able to work to a shift pattern

Please see individual job advertisements for specific educational requirements.

Parents, Carers and Teachers

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Our recruitment process

Curious to find out what happens after you apply? learn more about the process you'll go through and get some hints and tips here.

Apprenticeship Application Roadmap


Meet Oliver

Manufacturing Apprentice

"I am an apprentice within manufacturing at the Macclesfield site. One thing that I like about the support that I have received, is the access everyone has to the Neurodiversity Employee Resource Group (ERG). "

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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