Merck Sharp & Dohme (UK) Ltd

Level 4 Communications Apprenticeship - Higher (Level 4)

Merck Sharp & Dohme (UK) Ltd (Employer)

Cambridge Marketing College Limited (Training Provider)

Wage Competitive salary
37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday. Hours TBC.
2 years (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
Public Relations Assistant (apprenticeship standard)
2 July 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Our 24-month Communications Apprenticeship programme offers an excellent opportunity for those eager to take their first steps into a career in communications, social media and policy.


As an apprentice, you will be a key member of our External Affairs/Communications Team, working alongside subject matter experts delivering on meaningful projects that make a real difference. You will have the opportunity to develop key skills, gain valuable experiences, network with professionals across our organisation, all whilst receiving full support from a friendly team and studying towards a fully funded externally recognised qualification.


You will get the opportunity to collaborate and support on a variety of projects throughout your apprenticeship programme that will support you in your learning and achieving your qualification.

Some of your duties could include:

  • Working to understand the structure of our organisation, our products and services we deliver and the sector in which we operate
  • Understanding the role of external affairs, understanding our business plan and priorities and how these apply to your role
  • Gain an understanding of our systems, tools and processes we use in external affairs and applying them to required tasks
  • Gain sector specific insights, gain an understanding of strategic communications, social and digital media and policy best practice and stay up to date on current affairs and the external environment
  • Gain an understanding of how to create a communications strategy and develop communications tactics
  • Support in the production and distribution of content (e.g. press releases, policy statements, social media posts, website content, video content, infographics and image creation, etc.)
  • Assist in the delivery of campaigns by collaborating with colleagues to support them in the delivery of various tasks/projects with a focus on social media and digital community management
  • Support in the evaluation of results from campaigns using appropriate systems
  • Support in daily operational and administrative management including development of materials through our approvals pathways
  • Manage media monitoring
  • Effectively manage client/colleague queries via phone, email and face-to-face

Future Prospects


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Skills Required

  • Demonstrates clear and effective communication

Qualities Required

  • Operates with a high level of integrity, transparency and accountability
  • Comprehends and aligns with our organisation’s core values
  • Aligns and fosters a culture of diversity and inclusivity
  • Demonstrates initiative, proactivity and academic curiosity
  • Encourages and boosts their colleagues through teamwork
  • Demonstrates a desire to learn and improve their performance through feedback

Qualifications Required

  • You will have completed your GCSE’s or equivalent studies
  • You will have also completed, or you will also need to have completed, your further education or equivalent by September 2021

Training Provided

  • Public Relations Assistant level 4
  • Training provided by Cambridge Marketing College
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