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Diageo Apprentice Programme - Operator in Runcorn, United Kingdom

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Packaging Operator Apprentice


“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s built me up as a person.”

Erin McKenzie - Apprentice

Diageo apprentices have the best of all worlds. Our on-site, hands-on, fast-learning programmes are perfect for people who are curious and have a willingness to learn. If you want to gain an industry recognised qualification that will set you up for a career to be proud of, you’re in the right place.

Take our Operator Apprenticeship. Based in our Runcorn packaging site, this two-year programme is an exciting blended learning approach of on-the-job training and workplace assessments - right at the heart of an enormous global manufacturing operation. We take this seriously, so we’ll take your future seriously.

Who are we?

Diageo is one of the world’s leading producers of premium drinks. We have an outstanding collection of over 200 brands, old and new, large and small, global and local – that are enjoyed in more than 180 countries around the world.

How does the programme work?

Every week you’ll find yourself in the workplace and completing your learning towards your vocational qualification. You’ll have in-depth training on the different machines and different bottling lines. You’ll learn the end-to-end manufacturing process including quality checks, process improvements, line stoppages, machine maintenance and fault-finding, among much else.

Your vocational learning will give you an introduction to the principles of manufacturing excellence and you’ll learn about food safety, quality, environment and health & safety. And at the end of the programme, you’ll roll off with bags of experience and an SCQF Level 5 qualification in Food Manufacturing Excellence but most importantly you will have a genuine prospect of a job and career.

Who are we looking for?

On the qualification side, you’ll need 3 GCSE's including English and Mathematics and a relevant technical or science subject.

But character is everything. You’ll need to be a tenacious problem-solver, who’s proud of getting a great job done, and someone who shows integrity, respect for others and, above all, a passion for learning something new every day.

What are the rewards

The First Year apprentice salary is decided by the Real Living Wage (https://www.livingwage.org.uk/what-real-living-wage) which means we offer very competitive starting salaries for our apprenticeships along with an industry leading benefits package. With everything you can learn here, and the long-term opportunities we have to offer, the Diageo Operator apprenticeship could just be the best decision you’ve ever made.

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As a global leader in beverage alcohol, our 200+ brands are part of everyday celebrations in over 180 countries. Our ambition is to create the best performing, most trusted and respected Consumer Products Company in the world.

Ever since Arthur Guinness took out a 9,000 year lease on a Dublin brewery, some 250 years ago, we became a business that is defined by the character of the people who work here. It took immense character from Alexander Walker to convince the captains of every ship in the port of Glasgow to take crates of Johnnie Walker to the four corners of the world. Today, nothing’s changed.

We’re proud to be more than 27,775 talented people . While they make our iconic brands ever stronger around the world, we help them go further than they thought possible. Diageo is where you’ll find a wide variety of personalities, experiences and perspectives , wherever you’re based in the world. It makes for a stimulating and rewarding working environment, where everyone can flourish.


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