Jack Wilson
Food Manufacturing Apprentice - Nestlé – Purina, Wisbech

I was first introduced to Nestlé after someone from the Wisbech site came to present at my college, they brought to life the company’s size, scope and many benefits they offer as an employer. Now, I’ve just finished my first year within the factory on the Food Manufacturing Apprenticeship. Since I joined I’ve been learning each process of making cat food, right through from the raw materials to the finished product.

When I realised I wanted to work in manufacturing I filled out an online application and then attended an interview day, it was really unique and interesting. For instance, we completed a number of different activities as well as a site tour, this really gave me the insight into what manufacturing environment I would be working in. I was really pleased when I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to join the business.

Every day is different and everyone is really helpful and cheerful, which is great. I also enjoy that I’m given challenges and the independence to complete these on my own, but with support if I need it. It’s a nice balance.

It’s hard to pinpoint a single experience that really highlights my time here so far, but the Academy training days have been brilliant. Whilst also supporting on Campus days, these consist of career events, talks, one-to-ones and information stalls. I’ve really enjoyed telling my story to people thinking of joining a Nestlé Apprenticeship Scheme and giving them insight into why they should.

In the future, I’d be interested in the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) department as it’s an improvement journey and I enjoy that side of the work. I find it interesting to look at the ‘before and after’ effect. At the moment I’m in the Safety Health and Environment (SHE) team, working alongside the fire safety specialist and am learning something new every day.

What can you expect?

As the world’s largest food and drinks manufacturer, Apprenticeships don’t come bigger than this. This is your opportunity to be trained in how to operate in a food production environment, improving work practices, learning about quality, safety and hygiene with a huge array of products and processes.

Once into your Apprenticeship we will be looking for you to analyse and improve what we have, to keep us fresh and innovative. You’ll look at our processes and will use your skills, training and ideas to keep our world-class manufacturing operations moving forward.

This is a three-year UK wide program which is split between college and workplace, encompassing six modules over the first two years, immersing you in key topics. Each module lasts one week and will be off site at a college. This provides a great opportunity for you to build relationships with your peers outside of the workplace. We will cover all travel and accommodation costs, including meal allowances.

Each year your salary will increase on successful completion of your training and your upward progression could see you fast becoming one of our experts in a range of fields.


Join us and you’ll:

  • Gain a Level 3 Food & Drink Process Operator Apprenticeship qualification
  • Become a future Developed Operator, Technical Operator or Lead Operator, who will help us continually improve our processes and maintain our machinery to the highest standards
  • Gain an understanding of how we make our products, including the science behind our processes
  • 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.

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