Apprenticeship opportunities at British Sugar

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Apprenticeship opportunities at British Sugar



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Our Apprenticeships

Would you like an Apprenticeship with a company that prides itself on Innovation, Sustainability, Manufacturing Excellence and Teamwork?



Read more about the opportunities our apprenticeship scheme offers here.



What's in it for me - engineers

What's in it for me?

  • Earn whilst you learn with a competitive starting salary.
  • Learn with other British Sugar apprentices gaining Nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Be part of a team from day one, working with and learning from our experienced engineers
  • Lots of support and training to encourage self-awareness, and develop other skills such as communication, self-management and teamwork to name a few.
  • After successful completion of the apprenticeship programme be appointed as a technician at one of our four sites.
  • Competitive Technician salary and benefits once you have qualified.

Process and Multi-Skilled Engineering Apprenticeships

Join one of our Engineering programmes and you can play a crucial role in shaping the future of our business whilst developing your skills and gaining a qualification. 

Our Process Engineering Apprenticeship scheme follows the Science Industry Level 3 Manufacturing Technician Standard and is 26 months in duration. Our Multi-Skilled Engineering Apprenticeship schemes will follow the Level 3, Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Standard or the Food and Drink Maintenance Engineering Standard, level 3. These schemes are between 42 and 48 months in duration. All our schemes offer a mix of on the job training at one of our four manufacturing sites and modular based study to gain formal qualifications. 

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship scheme you will have all the skills needed to become a qualified technician and you will work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team. Our factory and customer supply operations are large scale, fast moving plants where every day is different, operating 24/7 and are controlled by the very latest sophisticated control systems. You will become an integral part of a team supporting the processing of the sugar beet crop to producing products from Sugar to Bioethanol.

You will be capable of working with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work you undertake. You will also be proactively identifying problems and solutions alongside areas for improving your working environment. To help ensure you are comfortable doing this, we will develop your communication skills, problem solving and team working skills throughout the scheme, using coaches and mentoring sessions as well as through an Outward Bound programme in the Lake District.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the entry requirements?




What are the entry requirements?

Minimum 5 GCSEs Grade 5 / C+ or higher, including Mathematics, English and Science.

How do I apply?




How do I apply?

Applications are not currently open, but keep an eye on our website for future updates.

For any additional information or questions, or to register your interest, please email early.careers@britishsugar.com

What is the application process?




What is the application process?

  1. Online application form
  2. Situational 'get to know you' interview
    • We’ll ask you about your CV
    • We’ll tell you more about the scheme
    • We’ll discuss your motivation for applying for the programme
  3. Assessment centre
    • Interviews
    • Group exercises
    • Hand written exercise
    • Factory tour
    • Q&A with current apprentices

What are the best subjects to take if I want a job with you?




What are the best subjects to take if I want a job with you?

Maths, English and a Science subject are essential. After that, do what you enjoy. We want employees who can think broadly and bring different approaches to our business

What skills and experience are you looking for?




What skills and experience are you looking for?

Having the qualifications is one thing. Demonstrating drive and commitment through hobbies, pass-times and work experience is invaluable.  But also being able to demonstrate that you have good communications skills have worked individually or as part of a team are also very valuable.

How long will an apprenticeship last?




How long will an apprenticeship last?

Our schemes are generally between two and four year programmes before you are fully qualified. Please look at the specific scheme details for more information.

Will I be guaranteed a job at the end of it?




Will I be guaranteed a job at the end of it?

On successful completion of your scheme we will make every endeavour to appoint you into a full time role, however this does depend on your performance and our business needs.

Will I have to do exams?




Will I have to do exams?

Throughout your scheme there will be a number of tests and assessments to check that you are progressing to the required standards. There will also be an end point assessment but we will do plenty of preparation work with you to ensure that you are ready for this.

Will I get paid every month or weekly?




Will I get paid every month or weekly?

You will be paid on the last working day of each month.

What will I actually do on a day to day basis?




What will I actually do on a day to day basis?

Initially you will shadow one of the more experienced technicians, learning the plant and understanding our operations before working more independently. Our schemes cover a wide range of activities where no two days are the same and you could find yourself working across different disciplines as you progress. Typical activities you will be involved with include monitoring the plant and making changes to the process to optimise performance and/or carrying out routine maintenance activities, fault finding or responding to breakdowns.

English is my second language, is that okay?




English is my second language, is that okay?

You will need to be able to communicate effectively in English to enable to keep yourself safe and also work effectively. It is also a requirement of the apprenticeship standard that you have a Level 2 English qualification to start the programme.




What are the entry requirements?

Minimum 5 GCSEs Grade 5 / C+ or higher, including Mathematics, English and Science.




How do I apply?

Applications are not currently open, but keep an eye on our website for future updates.

For any additional information or questions, or to register your interest, please email early.careers@britishsugar.com




What is the application process?

  1. Online application form
  2. Situational 'get to know you' interview
    • We’ll ask you about your CV
    • We’ll tell you more about the scheme
    • We’ll discuss your motivation for applying for the programme
  3. Assessment centre
    • Interviews
    • Group exercises
    • Hand written exercise
    • Factory tour
    • Q&A with current apprentices




What are the best subjects to take if I want a job with you?

Maths, English and a Science subject are essential. After that, do what you enjoy. We want employees who can think broadly and bring different approaches to our business




What skills and experience are you looking for?

Having the qualifications is one thing. Demonstrating drive and commitment through hobbies, pass-times and work experience is invaluable.  But also being able to demonstrate that you have good communications skills have worked individually or as part of a team are also very valuable.




How long will an apprenticeship last?

Our schemes are generally between two and four year programmes before you are fully qualified. Please look at the specific scheme details for more information.




Will I be guaranteed a job at the end of it?

On successful completion of your scheme we will make every endeavour to appoint you into a full time role, however this does depend on your performance and our business needs.




Will I have to do exams?

Throughout your scheme there will be a number of tests and assessments to check that you are progressing to the required standards. There will also be an end point assessment but we will do plenty of preparation work with you to ensure that you are ready for this.




Will I get paid every month or weekly?

You will be paid on the last working day of each month.




What will I actually do on a day to day basis?

Initially you will shadow one of the more experienced technicians, learning the plant and understanding our operations before working more independently. Our schemes cover a wide range of activities where no two days are the same and you could find yourself working across different disciplines as you progress. Typical activities you will be involved with include monitoring the plant and making changes to the process to optimise performance and/or carrying out routine maintenance activities, fault finding or responding to breakdowns.




English is my second language, is that okay?

You will need to be able to communicate effectively in English to enable to keep yourself safe and also work effectively. It is also a requirement of the apprenticeship standard that you have a Level 2 English qualification to start the programme.

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