Food Industry Technical Professional - 2020 Degree Apprenticeship

Birmingham, Bourneville
Competitive salary
01 Oct 2019
24 Nov 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
24 months+

The Role:


Working as a Chocolate R&D Apprentice at the home of Cadbury in Bournville, you will join the Pilot Plant and Facilities team, where you will work with some of our biggest brands including Cadbury, Oreo, Milka and Toblerone among many others.  The pilot plant team are responsible for delivering new product innovations and building on our current brands.  You will work in a fast paced environment as part of a highly skilled team, one day you could be making Crème eggs and the next you could be making Cadbury Dairy Milk or Caramel

The Apprentice role is a 4 Year training position and will require balancing work with learning. Your day to day work and training within the pilot plant will be supported by studying towards a BSc in Food Science and Technology with Nottingham Trent University.  This will be delivered at Nottingham Trent Univeristy as four separate one week blocks and time will also be set aside whilst at work to support your studies. 

During your time you will:

  • Build expertise for a wide range of equipment and technologies, applying understanding of results and implementing corrective actions when required to support projects in the pilot plant.   
  • Build technical knowledge of the food industry through on the job learning and block release to university to support projects. 
  • Support GMP and Continuous Improvement activities within the Pilot Plant and R&D.   

Apprenticeship Programme:

Year 1 & 2-Pilot Plant Support

  • Work in advance of trials with product developers to assist in trial planning. 
  • Build technical knowledge and equipment expertise to the point where responsibility can be taken for execution of trials

Year 3 & 4-Projects Support

  • Support category growth projects
  • Take full responsibility for delivery of own category growth project in Year 4, including scoping, trial planning, execution and reporting.  

Entry Requirements

You will be need 3 A-Levels or equivalent including a Science subject or relevant industry experience.

You will also need GCSE Maths & English at grade C/4

Work/Study Split

Block release: 4 x 1 Week Blocks with additional study time set aside

Progression Route post Apprenticeship

Towards the end of your apprenticeship the business will support you to apply for vacant graduate entry roles in order to progress your career within Mondelez International. 

What we look for:

Good understanding of category specific technology, especially the directly related processes/lines.

Action Oriented – conscientious, is proactive self-motivated to take on new opportunities, and is service oriented individual who is a fast learner

Organising – Ability to manage the tasks and responsibilities of themselves and others

Problem Solving – Ability to identify and solve problems before they occur

Interpersonal savvy – able to adapt personal style to work with a range of R&D personnel from international backgrounds

Informing – Confident communicator

Perseverance – pursues tasks with drive and a need to finish; works through setbacks or changes

Candidate requirements:

You will be required to have 3 A Levels or relevant industry experience including Science or Food Technology, with a minimum Level 2 English and Maths. 


Mondelēz is a diverse and inclusive employer with an objective to ensure a fair and equal hiring process. If you require any reasonable adjustments to apply or throughout our assessment process please contact stating “Food Industry Technical Professional - 2020 Degree Apprenticeship” as the subject.


Our candidate requirements are based on criteria to enable you to succeed in the role. If you have narrowly missed the above requirements and there are extenuating circumstances that you would like us to consider, you can let us know by contacting stating “Food Industry Technical Professional - 2020 Degree Apprenticeship” as the subject and attaching a letter from your school/university to confirm your extenuating circumstances.

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