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Production Operator Apprenticeship Full Time

at Cogent Ssc Liverpool in Liverpool (Published at 28-07-2021)

This is an exciting opportunity for the cGMP Production Apprentice to perform a wide range of activities associated with the manufacture of cGMP biopharmaceutical Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) within the Production Facility at Pharmaron Biologics UK Ltd.

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

Closing date: 08 Aug 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 8.30am - 5.00pm and Friday, 8.30am - 4.00pm

    Total hours per week: 38.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    17 Aug 2021

  • Date posted


  • Distance

    171.9 miles

  • Apprenticeship level


    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The cGMP Production Apprentice will perform a wide range of activities associated with the manufacture of cGMP biopharmaceutical Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) within the Production Facility at Pharmaron Biologics UK Ltd.

The Production department sits within the Process Sciences group of Pharmaron Biologics Ltd. The Process Sciences group are responsible for small scale process development (PD), pilot plant, clinical manufacturing, and warehouse operations at the Liverpool site.

There is also a requirement to ensure all work is in accordance with regulatory requirements and Pharmaron Biologics? Quality and HSE Policies and Procedures.

The cGMP Production Apprentice will gain experience of a wide range of disciplines that are essential to the successful operation of a pharmaceutical production facilityThe Apprentice will mainly be working in the production operations but will also have the opportunity to work alongside and gain understanding of Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Control (QC), Validation and Analytical Sciences (AS).

It is essential for the Apprentice to have an understanding of how all these departments work together and interact to produce a compliant product that is safe for human use at the end.

Activities will include:

  • Learning clean room behaviours, such as gowning and aseptic technique

  • Gaining an understanding of regulatory limits for compliance in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Routine operations (such as utility sampling, environmental monitoring cleaning and maintaining the facility) and also project based operations (performing manufacturing process steps, preparing, and completing manufacturing instruction documents)

  • Support development activities and warehousing within the Process Sciences group

  • Perform all activities in compliance with cGMP and Allergan Biologics? quality systems

  • Understand and comply with HSE policies and procedures associated with the manufacturing process and working within the Production area

  • Carry out activities necessary to maintain a high standard of hygiene and housekeeping in the clean room areas

  • Gain competence in using autoclaves and in buffer and media manufacture

  • Complete batch related documentation in a timely and compliant manner including participation in the review of batch documentation to obtain QA sign-off

  • Learn how to raise, investigate and close-out non-conformances, planned deviations and change control requests

  • Learn how to author and review Standard Operation Procedures and other batch related documentation, as well as learning the importance of the role documentation has to play in the production of a compliant product

  • Communicate and work with other departments such as QC, Engineering, Validation and QA to ensure excellent customer service

  • Carry out validation work, such as Installation Qualification (IQ) and Operational Qualification (OQ), as required depending upon work demands

  • Participate in regulatory inspections as required

  • Maintain an excellent standard of work in the theoretical part of the apprenticeship

  • Engage in the learning process and effectively communicate any issues with your mentor and line manager

  • The role demands some physical activity which includes manual handling

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • Good numerical and IT Skills

  • Excellent team player - ability to get along with colleagues and work as part of a team

  • Problem solving skills

  • Manual dexterity

Personal qualities

  • High Attention to detail

  • Flexible attitude to work - ability to adapt to changing demands

  • Demonstrate a progressive attitude towards developing their knowledge and skills

  • Drive, enthusiasm, and ambition with a can-do approach

  • Ability to multitask

Desired qualifications

  • The candidate will posess 5 GCSE?s grades C/4 or above in Science, maths, and IT or Engineering and/or possess a Level 2 Laboratory or Process qualification allowing progression

Future prospects

  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be eligible to apply for other positions within the business

Things to consider

  • The individual will be working within a laboratory environment and must therefore adhere to site dress code procedures and personal hygiene standards during testing activities (e.g., correct use of PPE such as laboratory coats and glasses; and removal of all jewellery and make-up upon entry into controlled clean room areas)

  • The individual will be required to handle hazardous materials (e.g., chemicals, microorganisms) and so must adhere to the relevant procedures

About the employer

Our apprenticeship and graduate services have been supporting science industry employers to attract, retain and develop people who can contribute to business success since 2012.

We are fully registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers and the Register of Apprenticeship Training Agencies. We provide a range of services including apprenticeship training, outsourced employment, recruitment, and consultancy.

We specialise in apprentices, undergraduates and graduates, and our team have years of experience focusing on the requirements of the science sector, meaning we understand the industry and can provide a completely tailored service. We also pride ourselves on providing independent advice and guidance if you require a service we don?t currently offer. For these reasons, we are trusted by the largest science using companies in the world.

Our apprenticeship and graduate services are also part of the Cogent Skills parent body which has charitable status and is a not-for-profit organisation. Cogent Skills also acts as the strategic partner to industry and provides support to the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) and the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) which are fully established membership forums.


Cogent Ssc



12 Estuary Banks



L24 8RB

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Cogent Ssc


Chloe Barrow [email protected]

Science Manufacturing Process Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Work based and knowledge competencies to be delivered in line with the Standard / Framework guidelines

This will include:

  • Functional skills

  • Full recognised apprenticeship qualification

  • On the job competency training

  • Knowledge qualification may be applicable

Apprenticeship standard

Science manufacturing process operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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