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Manufacturing Apprentice Mars

Joining an apprenticeship with Mars will give you the opportunity to gain amazing experience, learn new skills and earn real money from day one. You’ll be joining a community of like-minded people, including lots of other apprentices.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    You'll be required to work shifts in this role (including night shifts), so due to Health and Safety requirements we require you to be 18+ by the 5th September 2022

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    36 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    03 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

It’s undeniable: Pets truly make the world a better place. That’s why we’re inspired to make A Better World For Pets™, a world where they’re healthy, happy and welcome. It's safe to say, at Mars Petcare, we're passionate about pets, and their health.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a 3 year Apprenticeship, where you will be working towards the Level 3 Food and Drink Technical Operator qualification. You will take part in fantastic training courses and team building events, whilst tackling real challenges and taking on real responsibility. You’ll need to be a great team player and communicator, with the motivation to get results and a positive mindset. As a Mars Apprentice you will gain a professional qualification, as well as on the job experience.

​​What would be your key responsibilities?

With strong mentorship and coaching from our experienced Operations Associates you will be;

  • Developing leadership skills to enable you to lead a team to achieve results

  • Learning how to operate, diagnose faults and repair our equipment

  • Working across both process and wrapping areas

​​On successful completion of the Manufacturing Apprenticeship you will have demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to take ownership and accountability for a number of machines, processes or pieces of equipment and carry out complex operational tasks, enabling you to coordinate a team of operational Associates to achieve line KPIs and take the lead in repairing mechanical breakdowns.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • A demonstrable interest in leadership
  • Willing and able to travel to our Melton Mowbray site

Personal qualities

  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • The desire to learn

Desired qualifications

  • 5 GCSEs or equivalent including Grade C (4) or above in Maths, English, a Science and two others

Future prospects

What can you expect from Mars?

  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including excellent pension
  • Pet-friendly offices, where your pets enjoyment, is as high on our agenda as yours
  • A company that understands the importance of a work-life balance
  • The chance to take hold of your own career, and develop personally and professionally

Things to consider

Salary £14,262 rising on completion of each academic year + shift allowance + annual bonus + benefits

About the employer

When we make brands that put smiles on people’s faces and create better moments for millions, we feel a sense of pride in our work! Today, our iconic products like M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, ORBIT®, EXTRA® and Skittles® are enjoyed in more than 180 countries.

Mars is a family-owned business with more than $35 billion in global sales. We produce some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Alongside our consumer brands, we proudly take care of half of the world’s pets through our nutrition, health and services businesses such as Banfield Pet Hospitals™, BluePearl®, Linnaeus, AniCura, VCA™ and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire our 125,000 Associates into taking action every day towards creating the world we want tomorrow.




Freeby Lane

Melton Mowbray

LE14 4RS

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Valkyrie Support Services Ltd


Louise Hodgson

Food and Drink Technical Operator  Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths as required (exemptions apply)
  • The successful candidate will also need to complete a diagnostic assessment, which will help us plan the appropriate support required to meet your individual needs.

Apprenticeship standard

Food and drink technical operator

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2022