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Processing Engineer Apprentice - British Sugar



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28th July 2022

Employer description

British Sugar is the sole processor of the UK's sugar beet crops, working in partnership with over 3,000 growers and our customers to produce a world class product.  We are the leading producer of sugar for the British and Irish food and beverage markets, processing over 8 million tonnes of beet and producing 1.2 million tonnes of sugar a year.  We create a range of co-products from power generation and bioethanol to animal feed and much more.

We are recruiting for two process engineer Apprentices to join our team

Main description

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 then work across various areas of the factory monitoring plant equipment, reviewing laboratory data and adjusting the process of making sugar as required. With the support of your manager, you will need to use your technical knowledge gained at college to make decisions, solve problems, and carry out routine inspections and maintenance tasks.

Training Provided

You will gain a Level 3 City & Guilds qualification in Process Technology from studying with our training provider, as well as various British Sugar internal and industry related courses to help you in your development.

We will develop your communications 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.

Career progression 

On successful completion of the scheme, you can become a qualified shift Technician where you will work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team.  The factory operations are large-scale fast-moving process plants where every day is different, they operate 24/7 and are controlled by the very latest sophisticated control systems. You will become an integral part of a team monitoring and operating the plant, processing the sugar beet crop to produce products such as sugar, animal feeds, biogas, and bioethanol.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Time Management, Impact of Work, Passion for learning, Tenacity


GCSE or equivalent a Science (Grade Level 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Level 5 or C+ (or higher)) Essential

Things to consider

Candidates must be able to travel to the workplace according to working hours, which will involve following a shift pattern, working at night, weekends, and over public holidays. The roles are based at our Bury St Edmunds Factory site.

How to apply

Please apply through British Sugars website https://apply.britishsugar.co.uk/job/Bury-St-Edmunds-Apprentice-IP32-7BB/751072702

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 07/08/2022


£19,800 per year


This job is located in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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