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Developing Science Talent

At Pfizer, we want to inspire and grow the next generation of British scientists and business leaders.


We recognise the promise, passion and knowledge talented people bring and their potential to truly change the world by developing and delivering the medicines of tomorrow.

As one of the largest bio-pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK, we are committed to helping the UK develop the talent it needs to achieve the aspiration of being a global leader in life sciences, from the school classroom to PhDs.



Inspiring Young People

Many Pfizer scientists are enrolled as STEM  (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) ambassadors, a national programme aimed at inspiring young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We have also been a member of the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) since its inception in 2012, where our SIP ambassadors encourage young people into careers within science. To support both of these programmes, we are involved in a number of initiatives to inspire young people including:

  • Running science days with primary and secondary schools in Surrey and Kent
  • Providing schools in the surrounding areas of Sandwich, Kent with science equipment via our ‘Lab in a Box’ programme
  • Offering lab facilities to schools near Discovery Park via the 'Community Lab' collaboration
  • Providing a full day activity for year 9 secondary school students with our 'Science in a Box' programme.
  • We have also sponsored events such as the British Science Festival in 2016 and the East Kent Science Jamboree in 2017

Supporting Higher Education

In support of higher education institutions we seek out inspired new talent who share our core values and mission of making the world a healthier place. We look to leading academic institutions as an invaluable source of new hires that share our passion for healthcare and are ready to make contributions to the high science behind Pfizer medicines and improve UK health.

As part of this, we are sponsoring 30 PhD programmes for the 2016/17 academic year, covering various areas of basic research from medicinal chemistry, through product design to advanced manufacturing. We additionally recruit over 60 annual undergraduate placements each year.


We also actively support the National Apprenticeship programme across many disciplines including science, engineering, administration and IT and, at present, have over 40 apprentices across our Pfizer UK sites. Our apprentices have won the ‘2015 Science Industry Outstanding New Talent Award’ and ‘2016 Royal Society Chemistry Apprentice of the Year’ whilst we have been awarded the ‘Gold Employer Award’ from Apprenticeship4England in 2017.

The Apprenticeship scheme at Pfizer has given me an amazing opportunity to gain industry experience in a world class laboratory working with some incredibly talented scientists. It has allowed me to gain my academic qualifications whilst also learning and developing practical skills in an exciting and supportive workplace."

Charlotte Carr, Apprentice.
Pfizer UK Global Supply


PP-PFE-GBR-0867 / Jan 2018