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Process Engineering Apprentice

British Sugar PLC

Bury St. Edmunds




Posted: 21/09/2022

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British Sugar is a home-grown success story and one of the most efficient and competitive beet processers in the world. Around 3,500 farmers based in East Anglia and the East Midlands supply our four advanced manufacturing sites with eight million tonnes of sugar beet every year. We, in turn, make this in to over 1 million tonnes of sugar, serving customers across the UK, Ireland and increasingly growing commercially in the EU and world sugar markets.

Range £19,800.00 to £19,800.00

Job Purpose

We are the leading producer of sugar for the British and Irish food and beverage markets, processing around eight million tonnes of sugar beet and producing up to 1.2 million tonnes of sugar each year.  
Our innovative approach to manufacturing also enables us to create a range of co-products from power generation and bioethanol, to animal feed and much more. 
We have an exciting opportunity to join our business in September on our Process Engineering Apprenticeship at our Bury St Edmunds site, where you will learn how to control and monitor a process plant and its equipment and understand the science behind how we make sugar.  
Join us on our process engineering apprenticeship programme and you will have a crucial role to play in shaping the future of our business as we work towards a digitally enabled, connected future. 
Our 30-month programme, following the Science Manufacturing Technician Standard will give you a combination of college study and professional, on the job training.  You will complete a mixture of theory based and practical qualifications to provide you with underpinning knowledge resulting in a Level 3 Process Diploma qualification. 

Process Engineering Apprenticeship programme

•    Starting salary £19,800
•    Location – Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
•    Working Week - will include working 12-hour shift patterns and some regular day shifts
•    October/November 2022 start
•    Scheme Duration – 30 months (to include End Point Assessment)
You will need a minimum of five GCSE’s including Maths, English and a Science at level 5, C+ or above (or equivalent).  However, it is not just about academic grades; we are looking for people who are enthusiastic, committed and driven to succeed. 

What will you do in your role?

A typical day on site starts with a shift handover and briefing to bring you up to speed with your priorities for the day. You will have the opportunity to work across various areas of the factory monitoring plant equipment, reviewing laboratory data and making adjustments to the process, as required.   You will also be roving the factory to conduct inspections whilst ensuring you are working safely and looking out for the safety of others.  With the support of your manager, you will use your technical knowledge gained at college to identify potential issues, make decisions and solve problems to ensure continued production of the plant. 
You will have the opportunity to gain various British Sugar internal and industry related courses to help you with your development i.e. Entry into Confined Spaces, Food Safety and Environmental awareness. 
We will develop your communication skills, problem solving and team working skills throughout the scheme using coaches and mentoring sessions, as well as through an Outward Bound programme in the Lake District

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