Oliver Allen
Operations Degree Apprentice, Dalston

I joined Nestlé Academy exactly one year ago. This is a massive company that plays a part in people’s lives all over the world. So contributing to its missions and goals is something that really appealed to me.

I’m on the Operations Degree Apprenticeship. This year, that’s all been about learning and up-skilling myself and my main objective has been to become a process specialist. So I’ve been getting to grips with all of the processes on the different manufacturing lines to understand how we make each of our cappuccino products here at Dalston. I have also been able to present to our CEO and Directors, as well as training to become an AM Pillar Specialist within the team responsible for training the workforce.

In the future, the packaging side of the business appeals to me, as it’s relevant to today’s society with regards to plastic waste. Making sure we’re sustainable and looking after our environment is something I want to get involved in. I’ve already achieved quite a lot – presenting to the CEO so early on is something I’m really proud of!

Making the jump from school to full-time work can be a bit of a shock, so if you’re thinking about doing it, make sure you’re ready. But, if you enjoy meeting new people and building fantastic relationships that will last a lifetime, you’ll love it here.

What can you expect?

This is an outstanding entry into operations within one of the world’s biggest food and drink manufacturers. There are four main streams to this Degree Apprenticeship. Improvement Pillar/ Total Performance Management activities, campus team events, learning each of the manufacturing, line process at your site and university studies. When you first start the scheme, you’ll learn all the various processes and operations within the manufacturing site that you’re located in.

Join us and you’ll:

  • Gain a BA Hons Professional Practice in Management from Sheffield Hallam University
  • Structure your workload based on the product we make at your site
  • Work on what we call an ‘improvement pillar’, which means attending and leading process improvement meetings, learning manufacturing methods, coaching process operators, updating measures and tracking improvements
  • Undertake a Communications project, such as visiting schools and careers fairs, inputting into the site’s magazine and email comms and attending and leading Communications meetings
  • Learn the whole manufacturing process from end to end on your site so that you can work closely with operators and process specialists
  • Present your factory improvement and efficiency findings back to senior stakeholders
Who are we looking for?

If you’re looking for an entry into operations within one of the world’s biggest food and drink manufacturers, they don’t come better than this. So you’ll need to be excited to learn our processes and proactive in your attitude to your workload. Results focused, full of great ideas and ready to take on real responsibility whilst also studying at university, this is an outstanding opportunity to develop your skills.

There’s never been a better opportunity to develop your operations career. Applicants who hold an undergraduate Business Management degrees are, unfortunately, ineligible to apply. We will be looking for GCSE’s (actual or predicted) at grades 9 – 4 (or A*- C if received in 2017 or previous), which must include English and Maths, plus a mimumum of 104 UCAS points (or 260 points from 2017 or previous).

Applications for this programme are now closed.