Degree Apprenticeship

Engineering Graduate (Degree) Apprenticeship

BEng (Hons) Engineering: Design & Manufacture (Mechanical)

Diageo Graduate apprentices have the best of all worlds. Our hands-on, fast-learning programme is perfect for people who are curious and have a willingness to learn.  During our Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship, you will gain a BEng (Hons) Engineering: Design & Manufacture (Mechanical) coupled with industry experience throughout that will set you up for a career to be proud of.

Diageo - Who We Are

We are a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits and beer.

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. 

As a Graduate Apprentice Engineer at Diageo, you will be an active team member working within our Global Engineering function.  

We are a trusted partner that safely delivers best in class engineering solutions, bringing Diageo products to the world. We succeed together through our dedicated people, collaboration, agility, and creativity.

Global Engineering works to define, build and embed standard methodology for all capital engineering projects. We directly implement projects in several global markets. And in others we provide specialist support and guidance regarding packaging solutions, sustainability, master planning, digital and automation, process and engineering safety and standard methodology project execution.

This is an exciting time to work for the Diageo Global Engineering team as Diageo has impressive ambitions to grow our world class brands as well as creating an enduring and sustainable business. 

We believe the knowledge and expertise gained by studying Engineering, coupled with experiencing and understanding our current operations and then applying learning as we invest in technology, will help us to strengthen the capabilities across our entire organisation. The knowledge you gain as you progress your studies will play a pivotal role in helping us to shape the future of Diageo’s production asset base. 

How does the programme work?

As a Graduate Apprentice you earn while you learn. You will study towards a work-based BEng (Hons) Engineering: Design & Manufacture (Mechanical) degree at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh commencing September 2023, whilst receiving a competitive salary and benefits package. 

The degree programme will give you a firm grounding in Engineering core disciplines, then in Year 3 you will specialise and complete specific modules aligned with the growing engineering specialists within the Business area you will be working in. 

The academic learning delivery model at Heriot-Watt University for this Graduate Apprenticeship degree programme is day-release and ‘high-flex’. This means you will attend University one day per week but can choose to attend either in-person or remotely via online learning.

Throughout the four years of study, you will have the opportunity to work in, and learn about the key aspects of both the Engineering and partner functions we work with across our Operational Supply Base.  You will rotate across different roles to ensure real depth of understanding of our supply chain operations and the technical aspects of our production processes.

Who are we looking for?

We would love to meet people who are interested in STEM subjects, who are curious to learn how things work, and who have excellent communication skills. 

This is a 4-year development programme that we are committed to, and we want you to share that desire and commitment to learning.  You’ll need to be a curious, tenacious problem-solver, who’s passionate about achieving excellence, and someone who shows integrity, respect for others and, above all, a passion for learning something new every day. 

We encourage anybody who is interested in this programme to apply, we welcome all backgrounds, abilities, religions, gender identities, sexualities, and ethnicities.  

We know that for our business to thrive and for Diageo to realize its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base.  

Academically we need you to be able to meet the following University entry requirements:

Standard Year 1 entry for new employees applying directly from school or further education: 

  • SQA Highers at BBBB including Mathematics, plus Physics or similar.
  • A-Levels at BBC including Mathematics, plus Physics or similar.
  • SQA HNC in an engineering discipline (or relevant Modern/Technical Apprenticeship) with Engineering Mathematics 1 & 2 (or equivalent)
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering in conjunction with SQA Highers at BBB* including Mathematics.
  • A combination of qualifications totalling 96 SCQF credits at level 6 or Minimum 106 UCAS points

Non-Standard entry for applicants with prior work experience and professional qualifications: 

There is a possibility to be considered through the university’s flexible entry system through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).   This process allows prospective Graduate Apprentices to claim credit(s) against previously assessed and certificated learning, including informal learning, to be considered and recognised for academic purposes and credit within their programme for example Modern Apprenticeships, HNC and HND certifications. 

What are the rewards?

We offer £25,000 as a starting salary for our Graduate Apprenticeships along with an industry leading benefits package (Bonus, pension, and access to share schemes all from day one). 

With everything you can learn here, and the long-term opportunities we have to offer, the Diageo Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship could just be the best decision you’ve ever made. 

What should I expect from the selection process?  

Selecting the right individuals to join our programme is crucial to us – we want to see all that complete this Apprenticeship succeed and keep crafting a satisfying career!  

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