Early Careers: Apprenticeships

Early careers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute

When you join the Wellcome Sanger Institute early in your career, we will provide you with guidance from our senior leaders, and give you a voice in helping to shape our future.

Our Institute is an ideas factory that imagines, and delivers, scientific discovery at a scale and boldness that leads the world. Everyone who works at the Sanger Institute is a part of our team, helping to make our science possible. We value the contribution that all our staff make, at every level, and in every area, to make our research a reality.

By nurturing your talent, creativity and skills, we will equip you to make a real contribution to the work of the Sanger Institute and its discoveries that also benefit the world.

At the Sanger Institute, we offer a range of Apprenticeships, highlighted below, and also Management Training Schemes.

A message from our Director

Professor Sir Mike Stratton, Director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute‘‘Apprenticeships are highly valued and are a successful way of attracting talent, developing skills and knowledge, and investing in individuals to help us to reach our goals and objectives.

‘‘The Institute is investing significantly into apprenticeship schemes and throughout your employment, we will strive to support you to ensure that you are successful.

‘‘I look forward to working with you and would like to wish you the very best of luck with your journey.’’

Professor Sir Mike Stratton, Director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute

Why choose an apprenticeship?

We have a range of apprenticeships at Sanger Institute from scientific research, scientific operations, and management operations roles:

  • Non-Scientific Operations: HR, Finance, IT, Procurement, Engineering, administration, and more
  • Scientists and Scientific Operations: Laboratory roles, administration, and more
  • Faculty: Administration, support, and more

Apprenticeships are a great way of earning and learning; with a starting salary of £18,278, far beyond the apprenticeship minimum wage. On top of your salary, Sanger will pay for your professional qualification. This is yours when you complete the course, and there is NO clawback of cost if you leave Sanger.

You will also gain valuable on-the-job experience in both hard and soft skills. You will learn from experienced colleagues who will support you throughout your apprenticeship.

What levels of apprenticeships do we offer?

Name Level Equivalent education level
Intermediate 2 GCSE grades A* – C or 9 – 4
Advanced 3 A levels or advanced Apprenticeship
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Level 4 award/certificate/diploma or higher apprenticeship

Level 5 – Foundation degree or diploma of higher education

Level 6 – Degree with Honours

Degree 6 and 7 Degree with Honours and Master’s degree

Who are apprenticeships for?

Beth Sampher (right), Bioinformatics Apprentice and Bioinformaticians

Almost anyone!

Once you have finished your GCSEs, A-levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications. If you want a change of career, but are struggling to find the opportunity to make it happen. If you have an Undergraduate or Masters degree but want to further your skills and knowledge.

Like most qualifications, apprenticeships have minimum entry requirements. These requirements are made very clear on the job advert. It is important that you check you hold the stated entry requirements before you apply for the apprenticeship. If you do not hold the required qualifications at the required grade levels, please check the training provider’s website for more detailed information about entry requirement rules. There may be caveats that work experience or other qualities can be suitable alternatives, which may involve an interview with the training provider.

Life as an apprentice

To gain your professional qualification, you are guaranteed 20% protected time for study (off-the-job training). This allotted time will be dispersed depending on the training provider requirements and what is right for you, i.e. one day per week release or 1-2 week blocks at a time.

Your Manager will support you throughout your apprenticeship and will help you to develop your skills and develop professionally. You will also be provided with a Mentor, who will be someone you can go to for support at a personal and developmental level. You will be assigned a Buddy to help you settle in and introduce you to colleagues, to make the transition to our organisation as smooth as possible.

We also recognise that our apprentices work hard and study hard. We want our apprentices to have a work life balance. We ensure that all apprentices, especially those studying towards more demanding degree qualifications that they are supported the whole way through their apprenticeship.

There are various networking and professional development events on throughout the year, and you will have ample opportunity to attend many of them.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for an apprenticeship with Sanger Institute, please do not hesitate to contact this email address for general enquiries apprenticeships@sanger.ac.uk