QC Lab Apprentice

Pfizer Inc.

Newbridge, Ireland

Job posting number: #7219745 (Ref:pf-4906600)

Posted: February 21, 2024

Job Description

Are you looking to kick start a career in science and get an education while getting paid?  


In partnership with IBEC and Technology University Dublin (Institute of Technology Tallaght) Pfizer Newbridge is seeking candidates for a Laboratory Apprenticeship Programme. This is a 3-year program combining part time learning and work placement. 


Pfizer is a world leading pharmaceutical company, who are well placed to facilitate, mentor and nurture new aspiring talent and are offering you the opportunity to work at our approved drug manufacturing site in Newbridge. During term time you would work 3 days per week in our high-tech Laboratory, learning on-the-job, while spending 2 contact days per week with our education partner, Technology University Dublin (Institute of Technology Tallaght).


The laboratory facility at Newbridge is a fully integrated Solid Oral Dose operation incorporating a wide range of test disciplines. The QC laboratories focus on the testing and release of life-changing medicines through the application of its expert team, innovative practices, and novel technologies. You will be joining the Quality team and reporting to the QC Manager and will be responsible for providing analytical support to the QC Laboratories. 


The programme is designed for those who wish to develop a career in the laboratory environment of the Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical, Chemical Manufacturing, Food and Drink, Medical Devices and Diagnostics, and Analytical Testing Laboratory sectors. Employment in these sectors is forecasted to grow significantly over the next 3-5 years making this an excellent time to get on-board. 



The new, industry-led Laboratory Apprenticeships were developed by BioPharmaChem Ireland, an IBEC business sector, along with a strong industry consortium and the Technology University Dublin (Institute of Technology Tallaght) as the lead provider and is suitable for a diverse laboratory environment, e.g. Biopharmaceutical, Pharmaceutical, Chemical Manufacturing, Food and Drink, Medical Devices and Diagnostics and Analytical Testing Laboratory sectors. 


The laboratory apprenticeships are, “earn while you learn” degree programme that combines paid on the job training with academic study. 


The three-year programme is suitable for leaving certificate students, career changers, mature students, those with an equivalent qualification, who have an interest in pursuing a career in science or anyone looking to retrain or upskill in this sector. 


The laboratory apprenticeships lead to a Level 7 Ordinary Bachelor of Science Degree as a Laboratory Analyst. 


The laboratory apprenticeship programme has been developed to support a learning structure of three days in industry and two days in academia. This structure facilitates the continuous learning and hands on work experience undertaken by the apprentice who, with the support of leading professionals and regional Technology Universities, will learn the behaviours and skills - including but not limited to the analysis of samples, equipment preparation, pH checks, titrations, water testing, chromatography, and microbiological techniques - necessary for a successful career in a laboratory environment. 


Benefits for you: 

·       Get a national qualification while working. 

·       Earn while you learn – get a contract and salary.

·       Gain excellent industry experience and mentoring.

·       Gain excellent career prospects.


Entry Requirements: 

 For entry into year 1 of the Level 7 Programme applicants must have the following: 

·       Pass (Grade O6 or better) in five leaving certificate subjects, two of which must be maths and a science subject.

·       250 CAO points.  


·       Relevant FETAC Level 5 or Level 6 Graduate.

·       Current employee with relevant experience and qualifications.  


Before enrolment on the apprenticeship programme the apprentice must have: 


·       A Company Interview and Assessment 

·       SOLAS apprentice approval 


Additional Information

To be considered for this position you need to be legally eligible to work in Ireland. Please note there is no relocation support available for this position.


How to apply

Make a difference today, all suitable candidates should apply with CV below.  We are looking forward to hearing from you! Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.


Work Location Assignment: On Premise 


Additional Information 

  • In order to be considered for this position in Ireland you need to be legally eligible to work in Ireland. 

  • Please note there is no relocation support available for this position 


How to apply 

  • Make a difference today, all suitable candidates should apply with CV below.  We are looking forward to hearing from you! 


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Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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