Operations Apprentice MARS PETCARE UK

As part of our team that produces our fantastic James Well beloved pet food in Castle Cary, you will take part in fantastic training courses and team building events, whilst tackling real challenges and taking on real responsibility. As a Mars Apprentice you will gain a professional qualification, as well as on the job experience.

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

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Closing date: 22 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary £20,000 rising on completion of each academic year + annual bonus + benefits.

  • Working week

    Days and shifts to be agreed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Jul 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

From your first day at Mars, you’ll get quality mentoring and coaching from our experienced associates, as well as:

  • Developing leadership skills to enable you to lead a team to achieve results.
  • Learning how to operate, diagnose faults and repair our equipment.
  • Working across different areas including both process (that makes our products) and our lab.
  • Applying all relevant Mars quality and safety systems to ensure the safety of people and products is maintained.
  • Developing operating procedures for manufacturing equipment.

The training you will be getting

Food and Drink Technical Operator Apprenticeship Standard (Level 3)

  • FDQ Level 3 Dip in Food & Drink Operations
  • Functional skills if required

Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On successful completion of the Operations Apprenticeship, you will have demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to take ownership and accountability for several machines, processes or pieces of equipment and carry out complex operational tasks, enabling you to coordinate a team of operational Associates to achieve line KPIs and take the lead in repairing mechanical breakdowns. You will also have technical lab skills such as chemical analysis and food safety.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent GCSE's inc English & maths (Grade 9 to 4 (A* to C)) Desired

Things to consider

You’ll need to be a great team player and communicator, with the motivation to get results and a positive mindset. Able to travel to our Castle Cary site and to Bridgwater & Taunton college.

About the employer

Mars have been a global company, and family-owned business for over a century. For generations, you and your family — including the four-legged members — have loved our brands, products and services. Some of our most loved products include M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, ORBIT®, SKITTLES®, PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, Ben’s Original™, and Dolmio®.




Oak Tree Meadow

Blackworthy Road

Castle Cary


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Training provider


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

Food and drink technical operator

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

Employer's Application Instructions

We are keen for all applicants to demonstrate their full potential. If you require any support or adjustments during the recruitment process for any reason, including those related to a disability please contact us at apprenticesupport@effem.com. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 22 Jul 2024