Degree Apprenticeship

Level 6 (Degree) Product Design and Development Apprenticeship Programme

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Manufacturing Technology

About the role: 

This Unilever R&D apprentice position is based at Colworth Science Park, Sharnbrook (Bedfordshire) within the Ice Cream R&D Centre, as part of the Packaging and Systems team. With the growing focus on climate, packaging and GHG emissions, you will support our teams in design and the application of new technologies to drive innovation in more sustainable packaging and transforming our Ice cream cabinets to reduce energy usage and environmental impact. There will be a focus on developing engineering skills, design, materials knowledge, supply chain understanding and digital technologies and will also include development, testing and working with 3rd Party Manufactures and Suppliers. 

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Product Design and Development Apprenticeship:

Product design and development engineers use engineering techniques to bring new products to life or redesign existing products. Product design and development engineers work on all stages of product creation, product modification and product componentry. They support activities ranging on early concept feasibility, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and other modelling, activities, and stages through to final preparation for launch and customers. This includes working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating, and analysing performance. Typically, they work closely with suppliers and managers in bringing new concepts to life or contributing to redesigns of existing products. To complete this apprenticeship, you will study. 

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Manufacturing Technology which focuses on manufacturing technology design and operation for all major classes of manufacturing processes, including casting, machining, forming, joining and additive manufacturing; and for all relevant classes of materials including polymers, composites, ceramics, and metals. This study is underpinned by fundamental theories of physical principles including thermodynamics, statics and dynamics, numerical methods, control, and instrumentation. Graduates will be able to apply a broad understanding of technical, economic, social, and environmental implications of manufacturing technology, to contribute to a competitive and sustainable manufacturing industry. 

What will you study:

  • Year 1 – Engineering mathematics and computing. Electrical engineering and instrumentation. Manufacturing processes and materials engineering. Fundamentals of science for engineers. Professional development for engineers. Introduction to design and CAD/CAM. Operations management. 
  • Year 2 – Further mathematics and computing for engineering. Control and automation. Professional engineering and sustainable manufacturing, Multidisciplinary project. Manufacturing systems. Further science for engineers. Machining, joining and thermal processing. 
  • Year 3 – Supply chain management. Further non-metallic component manufacturing. Industry 4.0. Industrial project and Project management. Design of Composites, Mould and Tooling Design, or Lubrication and Wear. 

Entry Level Requirements: Require one of the following:

  •  A minimum of two A-Levels at grade 6 (or B) or above, including a mathematical-based subject and a science, technology, engineering, or an additional mathematics-related subject
  • An Engineering BTEC Level 3 with at least 120 credits at DM (Distinction Merit) level or above
  • EAL Diploma in an engineering-based subject at D (Distinction) level 
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Cambridge Technical Levels at DM (Distinction Merit) or above. Plus, A minimum of three GCSEs at grade 5 (or C) or above, in mathematics, English and a science, technology or engineering-related subject. 

In addition, applicants are required to successfully complete the University of Sheffield AMRC and employer recruitment and selection process to secure a place on an apprenticeship programme. Candidates with an HND or Foundation Degree or who have completed the second year of a degree in a relevant subject can be assessed for direct entry onto the 2nd year or 3rd year of the programme (BEng topup), but 1st year entry or an alternative pathway may still be recommended. Candidates who have not studied in the UK can submit transcripts for qualifications equivalent to level 3 which the admissions panel will review and may be taken in lieu of the specified qualifications. 

Things to consider: Unless exemptions apply, year 1 apprentices are required to live full time in Sheffield for the first 24 weeks (6 months) in university accommodation so that they can attend the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre in Sheffield. Future programme years apprentices are required to continue attending the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre in Sheffield, for example, 1 or 2 days per month which will require travel and overnight hotel accommodation. Please note the AMRC Training Centre reserves the right to close applications ahead of the published closing date. 

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  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £19,000 - £23,000 + benefits
  • Sharnbrook (Bedfordshire)
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