Why choose an apprenticeship scheme with pladis?

 Every one of us is unique, with different passions, talents, and goals. We will provide you with the opportunity to prove your capabilities and pursue your potential. The roles assigned to you come with  real responsibilities, and your delivery and contribution during the programme will help shape pladis’ future.


We will give you: 

  • Knowledge of pladis and the wider food industry, and real on-the-job experience
  • Transferrable skills
  • The opportunity to achieve a recognised qualification
  • Prospects and Career Progression
  • The right level of support through your line manager and mentor


The apprenticeship package:

  • A highly competitive starting salary with excellence progression as you either progress through your apprenticeship or move into a qualified role
  • 25 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays (dependent on site)
  • Pension Scheme
  • A comprehensive training and induction programme
  • Discounts at more than 1,000 shops including Marks & Spencer, HMV and Vodafone


Who are we looking for?

Someone who is:

  • Purpose led: Energized by our promise to deliver happiness to the world with every bite
  • Agile: Ever-evolving, never satisfied and never standing still
  • Collaborative: Willing to work with others for mutual success, inclusiveness and transparency
  • Resilient: Quick to adapt to change, persistent in the face of setbacks, always rejuvenating and ahead of time.
  • Positive: Self motivated, optimistic, courageous and inspiring.


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Kate Shaw, Vice President HR

Apprentices are a core part of our business and as part of our emerging talent programmes at pladis, we have successfully developed our apprentices across many business areas. We have some fantastic, truly talented apprentices who will be the next generation to lead our company. We want to grow new talent by helping them develop as individuals in ways that will help push them towards the next stages of their careers.

Current opportunities:

Infrastructure Technician (Level 3)

During this 1 year apprenticeship you will develop the skills required as a valued member of our Information Systems team based in Liverpool. Working as a Junior Support Analyst you will gain a thorough understanding of IT principles allied to the customer service skills required to assist colleagues with problem resolution, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs.

Roles will include asset management, maintenance of database inventory and capacity management whilst upholding PC/LAN policies. The apprenticeship will potentially involve supporting our manufacturing locations in the UK and will require excellent communication and organisational abilities.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship you will be eligible to register as an IT Technician with the Chartered Institute of IT.


Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSE’s including Maths, English and a Science/Technology subject at Grade or a relevant L2 Apprenticeship or other relevant experience and qualifications

Food & Drink Advanced Process Operator (Level 3)

Over the course of the 2 year programme, you will navigate your way through mixing and ingredients to process, packing and to dispatching finished product – all designed to aid your development and get a rounded view of the whole supply chain.

As an advanced operator, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of food and drink products, health and safety systems, quality systems and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP). You will be trained to interrogate and interpret data to identify trends and carry out basic fault finding. This will help to anticipate potential problems and improve quality and productivity.

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, as well as being awarded a Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations, you will become one of our highly skilled operators, where further career progression opportunities can open up for you.


Entry Requirements:

  • English and Maths GCSE, minimum C / Grades 4-9

Food & Drink Maintenance / Multi-Skilled Engineer (Level 3)

During the course of your Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship Programme at Birmingham Metropolitan College, you will develop into a fully qualified Multi Skilled Engineer (Electrical/Mechanical). In partnership with our training provider, you will learn extensively about the theory and practicality of engineering, whilst developing a strong understanding of what it takes to work in the food industry, whilst gaining the necessary skills and knowledge to be responsible for the mechanical and electrical integrity of the equipment on site. Regular reviews and feedback will help you to become a key member of the team. As you progress through the scheme, you will increasingly have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice and learn from qualified and experienced engineers.

On completion of your Multi-Skilled Engineering Apprenticeship, you will achieve an NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance and a Technical Certificate in BTEC Diploma Engineering.

As a qualified engineer, you will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be responsible for the mechanical and electrical integrity of the equipment on site.


Entry Requirements:

  • 4 GCSEs at minimum C / Grade 4, including English
  • Maths GSCE – minimum B / Grade 5-6

Food Technology Degree Apprentice (Level 6)

Over the course of 4 years, you will be undertaking a BSc degree in Food Science & Technology at Nottingham Trent University (Brackenhurst Campus). In parallel, you will be fulfilling the role of technologist at pladis, focusing on Quality Assurance and Food Safety whilst  developing industry knowledge and identifying best practice opportunities.

The role comes with a diverse set of responsibilities. These include supporting the development and implementation of Global standards and procedures,  monitoring, auditing and evaluating to ensure robust processes are in place for delivering high standards. You will be influencing and supporting compliance to food safety, quality, hygiene and pest control requirements and be instrumental in preparing for external audits and visits. As a member of the site wider Safety, Quality, Security and Environment team, the role holder will also develop capabilities and knowledge in health, safety and environmental management in the future.


Entry Requirements:

  • A-levels – DDE including a Science subject; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP, including relevant Science modules; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in a Science subject.
  • You will also need GCSE Maths and English at C / Grade 4 or above.

Commercial Degree Apprentice (Level 6)

This apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to rotate across different commercial roles, whilst studying part-time for a BA (Hons) Business Studies at the University of West London. On completion of your degree, you will be awarded a Chartered Manager Status qualification (CMgr MCMI).

The rotational placements will build commercial acumen with a focus on understanding our retailers, brands, consumers and channels as well as exploring how our category, shopper and MS&P teams support our business objectives. Roles will include time spent in field sales, marketing, head office sales team as well as our project management team. You will be expected to deliver on KPIs to drive growth in particular channel and / or products, and align plans and strategies to the brand visions.


Entry Requirements:

  • A-levels – BBC or 112 UCAS pts in a minimum of two subject areas or existing Level 3 qualifications.
  • Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.
  • Minimum Level 2 English, Maths & ICT.