Apprenticeships

We’re proud to be an apprentice employer that offers a variety of exciting career choices.

We’ve been ranked in the Top 100 companies in the UK for four years in a row now. These ratings show how much our apprentices enjoy working at Premier Foods and how they are supported in the workplace to achieve and really add value.

Our apprenticeship programmes feed a future pipeline of skilled individuals for role across our business and offer fantastic career prospects.

Each of our apprentices is passionate about learning and driven to improve their capabilities and skills. Many have been promoted into more senior roles on completion of their programme.

Apprenticeships at Premier Foods
Currently we have apprentices on the following programmes:

  • Engineering
  • Food operations
  • Team leading
  • Food technology
  • Laboratory scientist
  • Finance
  • Digital marketing
  • Information technology
  • HR
  • Project management
  • Business administration

 

Current Vacancies: (Please note that all applications are routed through to the respective training providers)

BSc Product Development Apprentice Technologist (Worksop) - Be part of the R&D Team based in Worksop playing a key part in the development of our branded products like Sharwood’s, Lloyd Grossman, Batchelor’s, Bisto and Paxo. Be part of a team in charge of developing and launching new products keeping a close eye on food safety and consumer insights.

Further details & to Apply

Pilot Plant & Process Apprentice Technologist (Worksop) - Working with the R&D teams to support new product development and innovation programmes specific to brand growth and quality improvement by conducting pilot plant trials. A focus on continuous improvement within the facility and management of food safety and health and safety compliance.

Further details & to Apply

Platform and Process Degree Apprentice (Worksop) - This apprenticeship is designed to provide the essential knowledge, understanding, skills and experience required to operate effectively and successfully in a Process Development role, while studying for a degree in Food and Drink Engineering.

Further details & to Apply

Food Process Apprentice/Pilot Plant Technician (Lifton) - Working closely with the R and D Team you will be involved in conducting pilot plant trials to safely manufacture septic ready to eat desserts, some under the Ambrosia brand name.

Further details & to apply

Please also check our careers pages for details of more vacancies and how to apply. For formal detail of apprenticeship standards, check the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education website (IfATE).

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • The right to work in the UK and be English speaking
  • Please see individual vacancy listings for further details.

 

Frequently asked questions:

How long are the programmes?

They vary in length from 15 months to five years depending on the level and qualification.

What can I expect as an apprentice at Premier Foods?

  • A competitive salary and attractive benefits package
  • 25 days holiday
  • Pension scheme, life assurance and an employee discount scheme
  • A line manager and mentor to support you throughout the programme
  • Support to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills certificates in Maths and English

Antonia Oakley

Technical Operator, Worksop

Antonia undertook an apprenticeship as a technical operator, working on the OXO line at our factory in Worksop.

“This was a great way for me to get a qualification while working for a well-known food manufacturer.  Throughout my training, I was supported by my colleagues and a mentor whilst gaining valuable experience on the line. Every day was a learning day and, for anyone considering an apprenticeship, I'd say go for it ... there are few more fulfilling opportunities to study and learn new skills, whilst working.”

Harry Humby

Developer, Stoneham

Harry undertook his apprenticeship in Software Development at our IT centre in Stoneham.

“When I discovered the Software Developer apprenticeship with Premier Foods, I leapt at the opportunity.  The apprenticeship means I can learn and earn whilst gaining a qualification, which is incredibly useful from both an educational and financial aspect. I’ve been offered some brilliant opportunities as part of the programme, including working alongside developers, and never imagined being involved as I am in so many areas of the business ... which is why I love it at Premier Foods.”

 

Will Gray

Technician, Worksop

Will studied for his apprenticeship at our factory in Worksop, working as an Online Technician.

“I maintain food production lines that produce brands like Bisto and Saxa, carrying out routine and unplanned maintenance. I'm also involved with continuous improvement projects that add lots of variety and challenge to my day-to-day role.  The Premier Foods apprenticeship scheme gave me the opportunity to learn whilst earning and to gain a qualification that not only developed my knowledge of engineering but also developed me as a person and team member.”