Ready to fuel the success of Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) globally renowned brands like Gillette, Venus, Olay, Head & Shoulders and Oral-B? Do you want to be part of the innovation and technological advancement of products used every day by millions of the world’s consumers?

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Start salary of £22,000 per year with salary reviews annually and increases awarded in line with strong performance. To find more information about our benefits package take a look here:

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8 hours per day including a 30 minute unpaid lunch break. Shifts tbc.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    23 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

You will join the team as a Laboratory Technician Apprentice and will be part of one or a couple of different project teams working across the lab, having ownership and accountability for delivering data and scientific insights for your project.

Your role will be varied and will include:

  • Working in regulated laboratory environments and systems to the highest quality & safety standards
  • Learning scientific techniques to measure our products performance (in-vitro and in-vivo), stability and safety.
  • Undertaking data analysis from this testing; identifying trends and any errors and reporting this data back to your supervisors, and applying scientific methods to identify causes and achieve solutions.
  • Creating and formulating chemistries for use during grooming / beauty care routines
  • Learning how Measurement laboratory science supports full scope of the R&D lifecycle, from new product innovation, through product development and launch readiness.
  • Learning how to plan and perform laboratory-based scientific investigations and experiments using specialised techniques, following specified methodologies, and quality standards, and in accordance with relevant H&S procedures and wider regulation/ legislation.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders and communicating scientific information.

The training you will be getting

You will be expected to be on site at our R&D centre in Reading 4 days a week for the practical elements of your learning.

The vocational learning towards your BTEC Level 5 HND in Applied Science (Chemistry or Biology pathway) will take place online one day per week, with some practical elements taking place in Sutton Coldfield throughout the duration of the 3 year apprenticeship. Expenses associated with this travel will be covered by P&G in line with our UK Travel & Expenses Policy.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Successful apprentices will be considered for permanent roles in line with business needs at the time the apprenticeship finishes.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent Science (Grade C or above) Essential

Things to consider

Please note we are not accepting applications from university students or graduates for this opportunity. We have alternative opportunities targeted at university students and graduates through internships and direct hire roles that are advertised on our careers website across the year. We welcome applications from candidates living in all parts of the country, but accommodation and travel requirements need to be considered and arranged by the successful applicants.

About the employer

Our 3 year Laboratory Technician Scientist Apprenticeship (Level 5) will provide first class training within a global fast moving consumer goods company, working within our Research & Development (R&D) function. This role is delivered in partnership with CSR Scientific Training as a Further Education provider. We welcome applications from candidates who have completed A level or equivalent in a Science subject (Grade C or above). This opportunity is not open to degree holders as we offer other opportunities within our Research & Development function for university students or graduates. The Laboratory Technician Apprentice will be part of one or several project teams working across the lab, having ownership and accountability for delivering data and scientific insights for your project. Reading Innovation Centre is home to over 200+ scientists and engineers responsible for innovating consumer products in several business areas including Personal Health Care (Vicks) Oral Care (Oral-B), Grooming (Gillette) and Beauty Care (Olay). The site is a specialist Healthcare & Grooming Research & Development Hub in Europe and supports our European Beauty Franchise business. The site is friendly, diverse and has a rich history in innovation in multiple business areas.


Procter & Gamble UK


460 Basingstoke Road




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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Technician scientist

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Applicants should submit their CV/covering letter via the P&G careers website link. An assessment day will be held at P&G in Reading during the week of 8th July – exact date will be confirmed to invited applicants nearer the time. The assessment day will provide the opportunity for applicants to see the site, meet the P&G team, and do some individual and team tasks as well as a final interview where they will have opportunity to ask any questions and learn more about P&G and the apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Jun 2024