Engineering Manufacturing Technician / Papermaking Apprentice SMURFIT KAPPA UK LTD

To train as a Papermaking Apprentice to undertake a structured training program of academic study and vocational work in our Birmingham Mill. We are looking for someone who wants to learn, has a good work ethic and is able to adjust to different work situations. You will be operating the systems and equipment involved in the production of products.

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Closing date: 31 May 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay award pending so initial rate may increase. Wage increases by 8% in year 2 and 10% in year 3

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Working as part of a skilled team, you will play a key part in delivering high levels of performance in a highly efficient and environmentally sustainable, state of the art paper production Mill
  • With training from raw materials through to finished product you will develop the skills needed to operate, maintain and problem solve all aspects of the plant in a safe and timely manner
  • You will spend time in different area of the paper mill learning key manufacturing skills and gaining experience in the paper manufacturing process, whilst learning the importance of Health & Safety, quality control and housekeeping
  • You will also carry out daily work programmes as assigned by the shift manager working within a passionate and goal orientated team

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

The apprenticeship will consist of a combination of block release at CATCH in Stallingborough and onsite with your employer.

You will complete the level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician standard including the City & Guilds L3 0610 in Process Technology.

In addition to this you will also complete a Level 2 and Level 3 qualification in Papermaking.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Successful completion of the apprenticeship could lead to a higher-level apprenticeship or full-time employment for the right candidate.

You will have developed a variety of interchangeable skills and have an in depth understanding of the papermaking industry.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Motivated


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C / 5-9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade B/6 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade A*-C / 5-9) Essential

Things to consider

This apprenticeship will involve block release at CATCH in Stallingborough meaning you will be required to stay away from home (travel and accommodation paid for by employer).

About the employer

Smurfit Kappa are the No. 1 company in Europe producing corrugated packaging, containerboard and ‘bag in box’, and we are the only Pan-American producer of containerboard and corrugated packaging. Our people are our biggest asset. Because we invest so much in the training and development of our staff at every level, we have the best and most experienced people ready to work with you, at every stage of production. This combination of experience and expertise means better packaging solutions, better value and better production timelines for our customers.




Mount Street


B7 5RE

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Training provider



Eve McIntosh


Apprenticeship standard

Science manufacturing technician

Level 3 (A level)

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