We are looking for an apprentice to deliver innovative packaging design that provides Graphic Packaging and its customers with first to market opportunities for new products and materials. Whilst remaining aware of commercial and practical constraints, the main aim is to push boundaries - proactively driving forward our customers’ business.

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Closing date: 30 Nov 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting salary between £25,000 to £30,000 depending on experience

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts TBC

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    08 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As an ambassador for the business, customer service should always be at the forefront of your thoughts and therefore developing and maintaining great working relationships with the sales teams and customers is key to the role. Another critical purpose to the role is to establish an excellent understanding of the technical requirements of the production sites and develop good relationships with the Operational teams to drive Innovation whilst maintaining Quality. Lastly this role will include the need to work within 3D CAD, communicating technical solutions, as well as creating 3D CAD models for development tooling.

  • To take the lead with design projects as requested by our customers.
  • To support the creative design team from a technical aspect to help turn creativity into reality - forming a bridge between different stages of the design process.
  • To liaise with all aspects of production to ensure cartons are designed to the most efficient format.
  • To keep abreast of the latest packaging and machinery trends.
  • To develop first to market packaging innovation based on our production capability.
  • To monitor the market and report on trends or developments that could offer commercial opportunities to the group.
  • To engage in and develop working relationships with selected customers leading to innovation in packaging design.
  • Explore and make recommendations on technical advances within the overall remit of the role.
  • To have a good working knowledge of ArtiosCAD.
  • To develop knowledge of 3D CAD Tools including Visualizer/ Keyshot/ Solidworks
  • Understand production capabilities of all sites - internal as well as customer sites.

The training you will be getting

  • The degree award is a BA (Hons) in Creative Digital Design
  • Functional Skills English and maths if required
  • You will attend Sheffield Hallam University for a series of study blocks (design sprints) over 3 years

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • The employer is ready to invest in the successful candidate. This is a long-term career opportunity with a growing company

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative


A Level or equivalent Any subject (Grade BBC / Distinction Merit Merit) Essential

Things to consider

SHU Progress provides support for applicants whose personal circumstances might mean that there are barriers to going to university such as care leavers, carers or applicants with disabilities (and 11 other groups). For more information on the scheme, including how to join, please visit the website:

About the employer

At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. We’re one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. We have over 130 facilities worldwide that provide innovative packaging solutions to help our customers stand out and achieve brand loyalty in a competitive and dynamic marketplace. With a product portfolio that emphasizes renewable, recycled, and recyclable materials, we are as committed to our customers and 24,000 employees as we are to protecting the environment and giving back to the communities where we live and work. Graphic Packaging International’s history extends more than 100 years, as numerous legacy companies have joined forces to create an ever-evolving corporation. Despite our name changes over the years, our dedication to innovation, quality, and service never changes.




Cockburn Fields

Middleton Grove


LS11 5LX

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Apprenticeship standard

Creative digital design professional (integrated degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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