Heineken UK

Process Operations Apprentices - Tadcaster 2021 - Advanced (Level 3)

Heineken UK (Employer)

University of Lincoln (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £254.50
35.0 hours per week Days and shifts to be confirmed at interview.
30 months (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
2 positions available
27 November 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Excellent opportunity to join Heineken at their brewery operations in Tadcaster as a Process Operations Apprentice within our Packaging teams. As the UK's leading pub, cider, and beer business, with over 2,300 employees, Heineken offer fantastic opportunities for people with talent and drive.


Not sure how to get a foot in the door working in a production technical operator role, and you have a thirst to continue learning – and earn money while you do so?  Well, we think we’ve got some great opportunities for you based at Heineken's John Smith's brewery, Tadcaster.

Your role will involve ensuring colleague safety, operating process equipment, maintaining product quality, equipment maintenance, data analysis, and continuous improvement. Our aim is that you’ll learn from and work within our production and support teams (either packaging or brewing) throughout your apprenticeship.  If you show raw talent and a passion for this type of job, then you’ll have the opportunity to take up a role as a technical operator within our production team.  

Our expectations are that this is the start of an exciting and rewarding journey, where moving into shift management and beyond could be within your reach.  Due to the technical elements involved in the learning, we ask that all applicants must have 5 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including maths and English.

What do our current apprentices think?  We’ve asked a few of them!

What’s it been like being on the programme?

“each day brings its new set of challenges, which keep this job very exciting; in terms of all previous employment i have had, i never looked forward to going to work; but this job is different, the people and the atmosphere make coming to work incredibly rewarding.”

Why should someone else choose this programme?

Go for it “if you want to be part of a workforce that brings together a family atmosphere and an enjoyable workplace whilst contributing meaningfully to the community and the global beer and cider network.”

Why choose us?

“it is a great industry to get into! Being a technical operator also offers you a lot of skills, which will help if you want to move into different areas of business, such as production, packaging, and logistics.”

So the next steps:

It’s up to you to take the next step… why not apply now and see where your passion takes you?  Please tell us on your covering letter why you want to join our Heineken advanced process operator apprenticeship scheme at our john smith’s brewery site, please note that we won't accept applications without a covering letter. 

Closing date for applications to Friday 27th November 2020 but we will be assessing applications as they come in so don't leave it to the last day!

Please note that we will be hosting our assessment day at our Tadcaster site around early 2021.

Future Prospects

Apprentices are not guaranteed a role on completion of the apprenticeship, however if the apprentice is successful, he/she will take up a role as a Technical Operator.

Reality Check

£13,233 first-year salary & award-winning double matched pension plus a fantastic benefits package.

Working on a manufacturing site – our Traditional yet innovative Tadcaster brewery is the Go-To Brewery for Heineken.

Putting in the balance of studying during the 30 months and gaining the on the job training whilst on site is going to be hard, not for those wanting an easy break post school, studying is an important part of this, so you need to apply yourself.

Skills Required

  • Computer literate
  • Effective communications skills

Qualities Required

  • Positive
  • Confident
  • Curious

Qualifications Required

5 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including maths and English.

Training Provided

You’ll work towards a Level 3 Food and Drink Advanced Process Operator apprenticeship standard and will complete a Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations as part of your apprenticeship.

Your apprenticeship will involve both block release study (3 x 1 week/year) at the university of Lincoln and onsite training over 30 months.  

This will provide you with technical and practical knowledge and skills of process safety, quality operation, and principles of equipment maintenance as well as experience using continuous improvement tools.  

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