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Safety Health and Environment Apprentice

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£31,757} + 11% benefits fund + bonus.
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.

You will form part of the wider Safety Health and Environment (SHE) function and help in devising safety advice to Cambridge Operations and other stakeholders, assist the aligned advisors and other staff members for various sites and provide administrative assistance for various SHE projects.  In this process you will be expected to continue with your professional development, progress with training and develop your skills towards advising either in at least one area of Scientific  or General Safety or Environment. Based at Cambridge but will cover areas beyond Cambridge e.g. London and the North West if necessary

Training and Development

AstraZeneca will sponsor you through your MSc Safety & Risk Management at Compass Skills Training Ltd. In partnership with Heriot-Watt University

The apprenticeship combines working, earning a full-time salary, with fully funded part-time university earning (on average 1 day/week). This will give you the opportunity to gain aMSc Safety & Risk Management qualification, just as you would if you went to university  full-time, with the advantage of gaining relevant work-life skills and the excitement of helping to develop new medicines whilst taking your first steps towards a rewarding career.

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.

Skills and Capabilities

We would be looking for the following attributes from our successful applicants:

  • Enthusiastic individuals who are keen to learn and with a genuine curiosity in the application of mind to improve the safety of our workforce.
  • Able to act independently but also to work and contribute in a team environment
  • Good organisational skills with an excellent attention to detail
  • The ability to work on multiple tasks and understanding how to prioritise
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • A proactive approach to problem solving

Entry Requirements

To have already achieved a relevant science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) bachelor degree or equivalent. 

Benefits, open and close dates

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

Opening date of advert: 24th January 2022

Closing date of advert:   25th February 2022

This is a three and half/ four and a half* -year fixed term contract opportunity based at Cambridge with a starting base salary of £31,757} + 11% benefits fund + bonus. *if includes foundation year

Successful candidates will be asked to attend a virtual Assessment day on 13th 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


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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