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Manufacturing Advanced Apprenticeship

Macclesfield, Cheshire
Closing date
25 Feb 2022

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At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. We’re deeply committed to our strategy of being a great place to work. For us, that includes fostering an environment where everyone can be among inclusive, supportive individuals with curious minds.

A company that genuinely follows the science and values individuals at all levels, you’ll be backed and encouraged to speak up, ask questions, and share ideas to push the boundaries of science and continuously learn and explore.

Make the start of your journey a lifechanging one

As part of our Early Talent Programme, you’ll be involved in projects and learning opportunities that have real impact from day one.

Being part of our journey and helping us to provide life changing medicine to patients all over the world and transform lives for the better. Making important contributions and embracing our values to deliver on our purpose. Because regardless of role or level, we all have an important part to play in making a positive difference.

The apprenticeship programme will be manufacturing 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

There are two key Manufacturing areas of 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 work in and become a fully competent and integrated member of the manufacturing team.

AstraZeneca will sponsor you through the Science Manufacturing Technician qualification; You will study on day release at Macclesfield College at either a Level 3 (BTEC Diploma) or Level 4 (HNC) depending on entry qualifications.

We truly value Early Talent– their thoughts, ideas and contributions. So throughout the programme, you’ll be encouraged and inspired to speak up, have a voice and make an impact.

You'll work either a Monday to Friday day pattern or a shift pattern as follows:

  • 6am to 1.40pm Monday to Thursday and 6am to 12 noon on Friday
  • 1.30pm to 9.10pm Monday to Thursday and 12 noon to 6pm on Friday

Whilst routinely our Apprentices are not required to support working weekends some aspect of this may be planned in as part of the Apprenticeship to support the apprentices learning and experience if placed in an area that works that pattern. Shift working receives additional payments dependent on the type of shift pattern worked.

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
  • Ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgements based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
  • Concerns for standards
  • High numeracy and literacy skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative

Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) grades 9-4 including English and Science and Maths at Grade 6.
  • To have achieved or predicted to achieve a minimum of One A-level or equivalent at grade C

This will be a 2.5 year Fixed Term Contract opportunity based at Macclesfield offering £16,000 starting base salary + 11% benefits fund + bonus + shift allowance

Opening date of advert: 24th January 2022

Closing date of advert: 25th February 2022

Successful candidates will be notified after the closing date and will be asked to attend a virtual Assessment day on 7th April 2022.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments or accommodations, please let us know on your application.

Start date for the apprenticeship programme is 5th September 2022

These positions are not open to those already educated to Bachelors degree level or above – for which we have specific Graduate Programmes, see our website for more details


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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