Research and Development – Packaging

Do you have a passion for science and technology?  Are you looking for a hands-on alternative to university where you'll kick-start your career with a global innovative company whilst obtaining a fully-funded BSc in Mechanical Engineering?

What is it?

The Research and Development (R&D) Packaging apprenticeship at Unilever is 5 year programme in which to begin your career in a science and research lab environment.  R&D Apprentices are involved in projects that deliver innovative products to millions of global consumers every day. 

You’ll experience all of the functional areas necessary to deliver great products and will work within at least 3 key areas over the duration of the Apprenticeship. 

What will I do?

R&D Packaging apprentices report to a line manager from the Packaging Design part of the organisation. You’ll receive on-the-job training and will undertake an R&D Skills Learning Programme. You’ll develop R&D skills appropriate to a modern FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) environment including formulation, processing consumer understanding and manufacturing.

What do we look for?

We look for apprentices who...

  • Have at least five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above that include English Language and Maths.
  • Have at least two A-level passes at grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications/or be awaiting results) in Mathematics and one other science or numerate subject (Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Further Maths, Electronics or Engineering). 
  • Can work as part of a team, so excellent communication skills and teamwork are essential, as are an ability to organise a varied workload.
  • Contribute their ideas and think for themselves.
  • Are up for a challenge, can use their own initiative to solve problems, and can demonstrate good attention to detail.
  • Have a genuine passion for Science and its application to the world around us. 

How can I apply?

To apply, simply follow the link to complete an online application form - this is where you’ll tell us about your education, previous experience, interests, activities and any positions of responsibility. From there, the next steps may be online assessments, a telephone interview and an assessment centre.

Job type: 
Sponsored degree
Location of vacancy: 
Port Sunlight/Wirral
Number of vacancies: 
Length of programme: 
5+ years
Resulting qualification: 
Degree qualification
Closing date: 
Start date: 
Entry requirements: 
A levels (or equivalent)
Subjects required: 
Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above including English Language and Maths. Minimum 2 A-levels including Mathematics and one other science or numerate subject (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Further Maths, Electronics or Engineering) at grade C+
Engineering, Science

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