GlaxoSmithKline launches graduate scheme specifically for communications

Global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has launched a graduate scheme specifically for communications.

GSK: headquarters
GSK: headquarters

The scheme is the first time GSK has offered a programme specifically to train graduates in comms. The global firm is looking to recruit two graduates in the UK and one in China to take part in a two-year programme.

Commenting on scheme, GSK’s media manager, global financial and corporate news, Claire Taaffe said: ‘This reflects the importance of communications as a strategic function in GSK, which is why we have launched this scheme to attract and grow talent to meet our business needs.’

Applicants that earn places on the scheme will be rotated across internal, external and product comms across a number of GSK business areas, including pharmaceutical research and development and consumer healthcare.

Headquartered in the UK, GSK is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, with offices in more than 100 countries and research centres in the UK, US, Belgium and China. As well as manufacturing a range of drugs and medicines, the firm’s consumer products include brands such as Sensodyne, Panadol, Aquafresh and Lucozade.

Earlier this year, GSK hired InterContinental Hotels Group's senior vice-president of global corporate affairs Leslie McGibbon to head the consumer healthcare comms team.

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