GSK seeks high school seniors for automation technician apprentice program

January 18, 2018

GSK is accepting applications from high school seniors through early March for a new automation technician apprenticeship program.

The program will place apprentices in paid positions at GSK’s Zebulon manufacturing plant beginning in August and pay for them to attend a community college part-time to earn an associate’s degree. It could lead to further study and advancement.

Automation technicians maintain production equipment, carrying out routine maintenance, diagnosing and resolving breakdowns, and helping design, install and test new equipment.

Apprenticeships offer many benefits:

  • Get paid to work while getting trained.
  • Take college coursework and earn an associate’s degree, all paid for by the company.
  • Earn industry-recognized credentials.
  • Become qualified for in-demand professions with no college debt.
  • Often get hired as a permanent employee.

Learn more and apply.

GSK is the latest local company to launch an apprenticeship program – a work-based learning opportunity Made in Durham partners promote to help Durham youth enter rewarding careers and companies build their local talent pipeline.


After recently launching the new program, the global pharmaceutical industry leader reached out to Durham Public Schools to recruit applicants from relevant Career & Technical Education programs, such as biotechnology, engineering, mechanics and others related to the position, said Ondrea Austin, lead workforce coordinator for DPS Career and Technical Education.

Austin made the connection with GSK’s apprenticeship program at Made in Durham’s annual summit in November, when GSK’s Jack Bailey, president, U.S. pharmaceuticals, who also serves as vice chairman of Made in Durham’s board of directors, spoke on the many ways the company works to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Upon completion of the GSK program, apprentices receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion from the U.S. Department of Labor, a nationally recognized industry credential.

GSK is a key workforce partner for DPS, serving on the CTE Advisory Board and supporting the School of Biomedical Technology at Southern School of Energy & Sustainability.

The company researches and develops innovative medicines in three primary areas: pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare. Its products are used by millions of people around the world, allowing them to do more, feel better, live longer.

For more information on creating an apprenticeship program, contact Austin at (919) 560-3858 or


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