Process Engineering Apprentice – SONOCO CORES AND PAPER LIMITED

Sonoco is an advocate of early career development, and we want you to succeed. In return for the passion and energy you will bring to the Technical Department, we will support your apprenticeship all the way and you will be encouraged to fulfil all of your potential.

Reference number: VAC1000059010


Wage – £14000 per annum
Duration – 42 Months
Start date – 05 September 2022
Posted – 30/06/2022

Working Week:

Monday – Thursday: 08.30am – 5pm (1hr unpaid lunch) Friday: 08.30am – 3.30pm (1hr unpaid lunch) Total hours per week: 36 hours a week.

Apprenticeship level




What will the apprentice be doing?

You will have access to excellent development opportunities, playing a crucial role in your team, whilst being supported to network and socialise with your peers so you can see the impact of your creativity and ideas. All apprentices across our business have the support of their line manager, mentor, and the Sonoco talent network.

The Process Engineering apprenticeship is within our Technical Function, which investigates and measures processes to help develop productivity and improvements within a Paper Mill which makes paper from 100% recycled fibres.

As part of the Technical department you will also work with the Mill to:

  • Investigate
  • Test
  • Establish Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.Ps) and Standard Operating Controls (S.O.Cs)
  • Provide long-term sustainable improvements in the quality of products and services

The successful candidate will have a high degree of initiative and enthusiasm to make changes, challenge the old ideas and ways and develop new and innovative solutions. The candidate should have the ability to identify opportunities and implement practical solutions, be a forward thinker with an eagerness to learn and develop oneself.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

The successful candidate with complete a Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship Standard on a block release basis at Kirklees College.

Apprentices are required to complete a level 3 Diploma in food and drink engineering maintenance prior to taking the end-point assessment for this apprenticeship.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment for this apprenticeship.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Taken on as a full-time member of staff, progressions into management, HNC/D and further formal training.

Things to consider

Working in a factory environment. The process is very “wet”. When recycling paper, old paper and cardboard is taken into the process and “Pulped” down to a porridge like consistency. This is to allow processes to clean out things such as sand, grit, staples and other larger type of contamination, and the transport the material from process to process. This means that there is a lot of water used in the process, and we sample and test this type of material as well during the processes which can get very messy. We then use large drying cylinders in the process to dry the material back to a paper, which means some working environments are hot and humid. The process is loud and so ear defenders are required outside in the paper mill environment. The paper mill is old, whilst the plan is to invest and develop the site for the future, the site has been here for many years.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Problem solving skills
A passion to learn
Demonstrable initiative
Interest in how things work


GCSE or equivalent in 5 subjects including maths and English (Grade 4/C or above) essential

About the employer


Stainland Board Mills, Holywell Green, Halifax, HX4 9PY
From our more than 70 European operations in 18 countries, we produce packaging for a variety of industries and many of the world’s most recognised brands, serving customers in 85 nations. We work with you to collaboratively develop and deliver Innovative Packaging Solutions that enhance and optimise our customers’ businesses and their brands. With our unique range of packaging materials, technical disciplines, material science and manufacturing capabilities and packaging services, Sonoco takes a holistic approach to providing customised solutions that meet our customers’ unique needs. The hallmarks of our culture are: safety, customer satisfaction, growth and optimisation, operational excellence and our people. Our guiding principle is to be a great company for our customers through an unwavering belief that People Build Businesses, by doing the right thing and we differentiate ourselves from our competitors.

Closing date: 14 July 2022