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Production Operative Apprentice Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa is looking for applicants who are great communicators, with the ability to support and manage for continuous improvement in both productivity and reducing wastage, whilst fully complying with the site's Health & Safety culture.

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

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Closing date: 20 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    14 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    08 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Main duties will include:

• Learn and develop behaviours this involves a health and safety culture to create a healthy and risk-free working environment.
• Learn and complete weekly/daily E-Stop checks.
• Contribute toward accident investigations.
• Read and sign off safe system, LOTOTO, risk assessments.
• Ensure correct isolation procedures and carried out.
• Demonstrate the right attitude and behaviours to succeed in the Universal Operations Program.
• Get involved in Internal and External complaint investigations / learn from internal quality complaints system.
• Be responsible for the quality produced during your shift. Report any deviations.
• Use OMP comment to communicate any issues, for example shorts, waste.
• Ensure all Quality checks are in place.
• Understand in detail the principles of the Corrugating process as described in the Operating Standards.
• Understand in detail the principles of the Conversion process as described in the Operating Standards.
• Meet the production targets as communicated with the respective Area Owners.
• Use and own visual and interactive Corrugator / Conversion performance communication board for shiftily/daily/weekly use.
• Learn and develop core behaviours.
• Ensure compliance to policies, rules, and procedures.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Qualifications included:

  • Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship Standard. Company Training Plan & Assessment.
  • Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing - Knowledge & Skills (workplace)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills - Maths (If required)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills - English (If required)
  • End Point Assessment at the end of the apprenticeship


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • The successful applicants can progress to a level 3 (A-level) Engineering course or continue to gain skills within the business as an experienced assembler or machine operator.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Presentation skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Time Management


GCSE or equivalent A min of 5 GCSE's inc English, Science, Maths (Grade (5-9) (C-A)) Essential

Things to consider

Applicants must be able to use fine tools and have a keen interest in manufacturing, and electronics engineering.

About the employer

The Smurfit Kappa Group plc are Europe's leading corrugated packaging company and one of the leading paper-based packaging companies in the world. An industry leader with 46,000 employees globally, 350 production sites around the world, with locations in 23 countries in Europe and 13 countries in the Americas. People are at the heart of the organisation and we are constantly working towards creating a fully inclusive working environment where people from all backgrounds are free to be themselves and can succeed. Diversity makes sense for us, for our customers and for our future. We value different perspectives, skills and experiences, and welcome applications from all sections of our communities. Smurfit Kappa Corrugated UK are; A Disability Confident Employer and guarantee an interview to candidates who meet our essential criteria. Open to considering flexible working, such as part-time hours, hybrid working and other flexible options. Happy to offer a wide range of Family Friendly policies including emergency time off for dependants and to provide generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave provisions for our valued colleagues.


Smurfit Kappa


Woodward Avenue



BS37 5AP

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Training provider



Sally Parr

07879 128768

Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please use the link or copy and paste the link. Find Smurfit Kappa and apply for the Production Operative Apprenticeship

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

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Closing date: 20 Feb 2023