Jess Hugill
Engineering Apprentice, York

My name’s Jess and I’m on the Engineering Apprenticeship at the York site. I’m training to be an Electrical and Mechanical Engineer. I’ve been here for just over a year, with 6 months of that time spent studying in Huddersfield with other Nestlé Engineering apprentices from all our other sites.

It’s such a well-respected company and there’s plenty of great training and project opportunities, as well as the opportunity to work with a wide range of machinery. I applied online through the Academy and I knew on the Assessment Day that it was the place for me, as I was shown the amazing things I’d be working on.

I really love my job because I get to see different areas of the factory every day. This has helped me to develop my practical skills in reactive situations, such as breakdowns, as well as working through routine maintenance in the workshop. I’ve also had the opportunity to work on projects outside the factory, like charity events, where I got to help make the box for the Micklegate Soapbox race!

Highlights so far have included the installation of KitKat bites and working alongside experienced technicians to complete breakdown tasks quickly and effectively. It was all a bit overwhelming when I started, but everyone was so considerate and supportive in getting us to a stage where we were confident in ourselves and our capabilities.

What can you expect?

This is a four-year UK wide programme which is split between college and workplace. The initial college period is twenty weeks where you will be residential at Storthes Hall just outside Huddersfield. This provides a great opportunity for you to build relationships with all your peers from around the country who are on the course too. We will cover all travel and accommodation costs, including meal allowances. This will help supplement your on the job work experience, learning about our electrical and mechanical technology and how it makes us the global market leader we are.

Your skills will grow to match the scale of our operations, as will your flexibility to turn your hand to new challenges and master new equipment. Not to mention ensuring that you cover all the basics in safety, quality and hygiene.

We’ve seen previous Apprentices go on to become highly successful Engineering Specialists, Maintenance Managers, Project Engineers and Engineering Managers, looking after large teams and responsible for multi-million pound budgets. To keep you on-track your starting salary will increase each year on successful completion of your training.

Join us and you’ll:

  • Gain a Level 3 Food & Drink Engineering Apprenticeship
  • Potentially become a qualified, multi-skilled Nestlé Engineer who will join the team in continually improving our processes and maintaining our machinery to the highest standards
  • Develop skills in mechanical fitting, turning, welding, isolation, planned maintenance and root cause analysis
  • Learn how to thrive at problem solving, developing standards and coaching others
  • Access great benefits, training and development, all in a fantastic working environment
Who are we looking for?

We’re after individuals who just need the chance to show how they can make a difference, add value and excel – we’re the largest food and drinks manufacturer in the world, so this is a unique opportunity. The apprenticeship starts in September 2019. To be considered, you will need: 5 GCSEs or equivalent (actual or predicted) at grades 9 - 4 (or A* - C if received in 2017 or previous), which must include English and Maths.

If you want to really have an impact on the working world, this is the programme for you. We’re looking for ambitious, passionate people, who will take the initiative and are full of great ideas, all underpinned by a desire to learn new skills. It’ll take commitment, a commercial mind-set and a heck of a lot of hard work. In short, it’ll take people who want to build a lasting career full of exciting challenges.

Due to shift working, there is a minimum age requirement for this role and therefore to be eligible you must be 18 by 1st September 2019.

Applications will be opening in October 2019.