Production Apprentice CARGILL PLC

As a Production Apprentice, you will work as part of a team and learn the engineering skills to successfully run one of the specialist departments within the Trafford Park plant. This will include conducting quality control checks, first line maintenance and identifying and solving problems.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    25 days holiday + statutory public holidays, Structured annual salary reviews, Private medical insurance, Generous employer contributory pension scheme, Employer Assistance Programme, Cycle to Work (on successful completion of probationary period)

  • Working week

    Initially for approximately the first 12 months, this will be a Monday to Friday position 8.00am-4.00pm At a stage appropriate to the apprentice’s age and skill level, they will move to a shift working pattern.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    10 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

We need dependable, efficient, safety-minded individuals wishing to launch a career in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics). As a Production Apprentice, you will work as part of an engaged & diverse team, learning the skills to successfully run one of the specialist departments within our multi channel plant at Trafford Park, Manchester.   

Apprentices in Cargill learn via ‘classroom’ sessions and ‘on the job’, whilst earning a competitive wage, which progresses throughout the course of the programme as skills are learnt and milestones met.

In addition to the Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician standard training you will:

  • Train in the safe and effective operation of the plant and equipment on the plant.
  • Learn to use a central display screen to monitor the plant and identify issues.
  • Learn how to conduct in-process quality control checks and other analytical checks.
  • Carry out plant housekeeping to maintain safe & efficient plant operation.
  • Learn how to carry out routine first line maintenance tasks.
  • Learn to identify and resolve problems within the process.
  • Participation in projects and community activities.
  • Maintain detailed training logs to support both site based training & your studies.
  • Contribute to improvements in site standards by providing your valued feedback.
  • Be part of one of the largest and most successful private companies in the world.

What we're looking for:

  • An analytical approach to science subjects that can be applied in a practical chemical engineered production process
  • Strong problem solving ability
  • An ability to demonstrate agility to learn and work with multiple software applications quickly and effectively, e.g., SAP, Microsoft Teams

What is as important to us as your qualifications is that you can demonstrate the key behaviours that we believe are required for you to successfully complete your apprenticeship.

These are:

  • The ability to demonstrate a genuine desire to work safely and learn in an engineering/manufacturing environment
  • Willingness to analyse and challenge the status quo and to innovate for continuous improvement
  • Team work and clear communication which are integral parts of successfully working in a shift team
  • Self-motivated & organised in order to succeed in both the academic work and plant based development
  • Inquisitiveness and a strong desire to learn
  • A strong sense of accountability towards your studies and plant based work
  • Respectful of all colleagues, valuing difference & eager to learn from others who have different perspectives, backgrounds and/or styles

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

Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician Standard:

  • City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Process Technology (delivered via distance learning)
  • Work Based portfolio of competence
  • IOSH Working Safely certificate
  • End Point Assessment


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Pipeline for permanent Process Team Member positions on site
  • Longer term potential to move to more senior operations positions

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Organisation skills, Team working, Self motivated


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including English (Grade Grades A*-C / 9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths and Science (Grade C/5) Essential

Things to consider

Please ensure that you can travel to the location of the vacancy each day before applying. Please do not contact the employer directly - all applications must come via STEGTA.

About the employer

At Cargill, everything begins with our purpose to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Cargill operates some of the most technologically advanced plants in the world. We are proud of our role in the world and the breadth of influence we have as a global business. We understand our collective impact begins with our actions and is felt by our employees and our communities. From every level of our organization, we foster a true sense of allyship by welcoming, supporting, accepting and encouraging every person to be authentically themself. Our Manchester Trafford Park facility predominantly produces ingredients for the food & drink industries.




Guinness Road

Trafford Park


M17 1PA

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Training provider



Sonja Hope

Apprenticeship standard

Science manufacturing technician

Level 3 (A level)

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