Paper Maker Manufacturing Apprentice NORTHWOOD TISSUE (DISLEY) LIMITED

Are you looking to establish a career in manufacturing? Then look no further this could be the job for you! As a manufacturing apprentice, you will be learning all aspects of the papermaking process to become a fully competent manufacturing operative at the end of the apprenticeship and, we will give you a permanent employment contract from day 1.

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Closing date: 31 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    We are a real living wage employer, and all our apprentices will start on the real living wage hourly rate which is currently £12.00 per hour.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm. There is a possibility that you will go on to shifts before the end of the 3 year apprenticeship.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    30 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

This manufacturing apprentice role will enable you to learn the skills required to be able to assist the production department, resources, and systems to ensure the company maintains a high-quality product, always in line with company policies, regulatory standards, and statutory guidelines / deadlines.

At the end of the apprenticeship with the training provided and qualifications achieved we expect that you will become fully competent in being a manufacturing operative and be able to complete the following duties:

  • Set up different machines
  • Run the machine to create a pulp that will be used to produce paper
  • Complete quality and productivity checks
  • Undertake routine maintenance whist maintaining safety and reliability standards and working as part of a team

The training you will be getting

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 process industry 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 to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

We will give you a permanent employment contract from day one.  So, at the end of your 3-year apprenticeship there will be a job ready and waiting for you to move into.

You will have a clear development plan which will outline each year the things you will learn and what you have to do to achieve a salary increase.

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

The products that we make are a commodity that people will always need and want, which can guarantee you a long-term career with a progressive buisness.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Strong leadership


GCSE or equivalent Maths, English & Science (Grade A*-C / 4-9) 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). Company Benefits Retail, holidays, cinema, and gym discounts Wellness programmes, including Employee Assistance Program and On Demand GP service Free early access to pay scheme Salary sacrifice schemes including cycle 2 work and tech scheme. Company pension Life assurance Free company products Free on-site parking At Northwood, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment where everyone is welcomed and respected. We strive to promote a workplace that celebrates diversity and encourages individuals to express their opinions and beliefs. We are dedicated to providing equal opportunities for all.

About the employer

About the employer Northwood is a family-owned group of associated companies that provide the manufacturing, supply and transportation of paper hygiene and wiping products for both the away-from-home and consumer market. Our mission is to be the market-leading partner of choice in the away from home tissue industry. One of only a small handful of companies in the UK market that is fully vertically integrated; Northwood is involved at each point in the supply chain, from raw material supply, tissue and towel manufacturing, end-user product converting, storage and transportation. Our remit is huge, with a portfolio of products covering two key systems brands, professional wiping, commodity, consumer paper and private label. We sell into a distribution network spanning the UK, Ireland and Europe, which in turn service markets such as healthcare, hospitality, hotels, engineering, janitorial, catering and education. We are a highly successful, award-winning and ambitious business that has grown from a humble paper sales business to a market leader employing over 800 colleagues, across 11 sites in the UK and Spain. We differentiate ourselves by excelling in product quality alongside market-leading service and sales support.




Disley Tissue Ltd Waterside



SK12 2HW

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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


Ellie Ryal

Apprenticeship standard

Process industry manufacturing technician

Level 3 (A level)

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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