You will support the Quality Control Department in the testing and release of Foot & Mouth disease antigen and vaccine batches. You will perform routine testing related to active ingredient and finished product as well as utilities and environmental testing as required to maintain compliance on a GMP manufacturing site.

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Closing date: 16 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 8.00am - 4.30pm and Friday, 8.00am - 3.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Final product and in process sample sterility testing
  • Reading and processing data, including generating material for trend analysis from site environmental monitoring.
  • Performing microbial identifications & assisting in contamination investigations
  • Other microbiological based testing including water testing, fertility and bioburden
  • Participation and use of Quality Management Systems.
  • Participation in department continuous improvement activities
  • Sample reception & reconciliation
  • Assist in the maintenance of the Quality Control area in accordance with GMP, EHS & Bio-safety regulations
  • Plan and run a project by analysing data from lab-based investigations

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • As part of your training, you complete a three-year Level 5 Technician Scientist Apprenticeship course, leading to a BTEC Level 5 HND in Applied Science (Chemistry or Biology pathway)
  • Most of the learning 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

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you could be offered a permanent position with Boehringer Ingelheim

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


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

Things to consider

KEY COMPETANCIES • Strong verbal communication skills within a business environment, able to speak clearly and fluently, expressing opinions information, and key points of an argument with clarity and simplicity. • Strong written communication skills, able to write clearly, succinctly and correctly, writes convincingly in an engaging, structured and logical manner, avoiding unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language. • Experience with Microsoft Office essential with the ability to adapt knowledge to use BI’s local systems/platforms/technology. • Sets clear objectives, plans activities well in advance, manages time effectively, identifying and organising resources needed to accomplish tasks, monitoring performance against deadlines. • Able to work as team member, establishing good working relationships, adapting to the team as required; also, able to work as an individual contributor with minimal supervision. • Follows instructions from others without unnecessarily challenging authority. Follows procedures and policies, keeping to schedules but remains flexible to changing priorities. • Professional approach to work that upholds BIs values and behaviours and complies with all legal obligations, GMP, Biosafety and HSE compliance requirements. • Applicants must have the ability for independent travel to work and other sites. • Applicants must be able to comply with bio-safety regulations that apply to working in a SAPO4 facility. • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

About the employer

At Boehringer Ingelheim we develop breakthrough therapies that improve the lives of both humans and animals. Founded in 1885 and family-owned ever since, Boehringer Ingelheim takes a long-term perspective. Now, we are powered by 52,000 employees globally who nurture a diverse, collaborative and inclusive culture. We believe that if we have talented and ambitious people who are passionate about innovation, there is no limit to what we can achieve. Boehringer Ingelheim has been recognised as a Top Employer in the UK. Being certified as a Top Employer confirms our dedication to a better world of work, delivered through excellent HR policies and people practices. To learn more visit: https://www.boehringer-ingelheim.co.uk/careers/uk-careers/why-great-place-work




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Apprenticeship standard

Technician scientist

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

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