Engineering apprenticeship

We are investing heavily in innovative engineering and manufacturing technology and apprentices are key to helping us deliver our vision.

Our aim is to offer an Engineering apprenticeship programme that’s rivalled throughout the industry and one which produces the engineers of the future. You will learn how to maintain production equipment – carrying out routine maintenance, diagnosing and resolving breakdowns as well as helping to design, install and test new equipment.

As an engineering apprentice with us you will get hands-on experience working in a team with industry experts partnered with a programme of training and personal development.

What does an Engineering apprenticeship involve?

Our engineering apprenticeship lasts up to four years and is offered at our manufacturing sites where you will have the opportunity to develop mechanical, electrical and instrumentation or control and automation skills (depending on the apprenticeships available at your chosen site). 

You will complete a modulised system where you will alternate between time spent on-site gaining value practical learning, new skills and learning from industry experts and time spent off-site at college studying the theory elements of the apprenticeships.  Your rotations may include time in; utilities, consumer healthcare facility, process support, preventative maintenance and/or automation – depending on where you are based.

Your apprenticeship will combine on-the-job learning with a programme of training and development. Your role may involve:

  • Develop mechanical or electrical and instrumentation skills
  • Learn how to maintain production equipment
  • Carry out routine maintenance
  • Diagnose and resolve breakdowns
  • Help design, install and test new equipment

What will this apprenticeship offer me?

Our Engineering apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to study towards a globally recognised National Craft Qualification while at the same time gaining valuable, paid work experience - and if you show the qualities we are looking for you may be offered the opportunity to go on to study for a level 7/8 third level degree in engineering.

Our apprenticeships typically last four year - subject to completing all SOLAS apprenticeship curriculum modules – and will combine on-the-job learning with a programme of training and development.  Your time will be divided between working within engineering teams at our facilities developing your skills and time spent studying at training centres and third level institutes.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

To be eligible for our Engineering apprenticeship programme, you will need:

  • Must have/be predicted to achieve a minimum of 5 Leaving Certificate subjects at either Ordinary (01–04) or Higher level (H1–H6) including Maths and English.
  • Must also have at least one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Agricultural Science, DCG/Technical Drawing, Engineering or Combined Chemistry and Physics.

Previous work experience or knowledge would also be viewed as an advantage.

Where will I be based?

Our Engineering apprenticeships run for four years and we have opportunities at our manufacturing sites in Dungarvan, Sligo and Cork:

GSK Cork

  • Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting (MAMF) Apprentice
  • Electrical & Instrumentation Apprentice

GSK Dungarvan

  • Electrical Apprentice

GSK Sligo

  • Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting (MAMF) Apprentice

What our apprentices say about the Engineering apprenticeship...

I have really enjoyed working in all different areas on the site learning my chosen trade from qualified engineers -this has given me the best training I could have asked for!


The most enjoyable part so far was probably the personal development week - it was great to do activities I never normally would and to also be around other apprentices in similar situations to me and compare all our thoughts and opinions on the apprenticeship programme

When can I start?

Our apprenticeships start in September 2019.

How can I apply?

Applications for 2019 will be opening in December.


GSK is focused on creating an inclusive organisation where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. We aim to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures regardless of actual or perceived race, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, gender identity and/or expression, religion or belief, physical ability/ disability.