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We are proud to be an apprentice employer that offers a variety of exciting career choices. Through our apprenticeship programmes we are feeding a future pipeline of skilled individuals to work throughout our business offering fantastic career prospects. Our apprentices are passionate about learning and driven to improve their capabilities and skills. Many have been promoted into more senior roles on completion of their programme.

We will be accepting applications for our September 2019 intake soon and also recruit throughout the year. Please check our careers opportunities for details of our vacancies and how to apply.

We have been ranked in the Top 100 companies in the UK for two years in a row now. These ratings show how much our apprentices enjoy working at Premier Foods and how they are supported in the workplace to achieve and really add value.


Please also check the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education website (IfATE) website for formal details of apprenticeship standards.

Apprenticeships at Premier Foods
Currently we have apprentices on the following programmes:

  • Engineering
  • Food operations
  • Team leading
  • Food technology
  • Laboratory scientist
  • Finance
  • Digital marketing
  • Information technology
  • HR
  • Project management
  • Business administration
  • Packaging Development

How long are the programmes?


They vary in length from 15 months to five years depending on the level and qualification

What can I expect as an apprentice at Premier Foods?

  • A competitive salary and an attractive benefits package including 25 days holiday, plus statutory holidays, pension scheme, life assurance and an employee discount scheme
  • A line manager who will act as your mentor and support you throughout your apprenticeship programme
  • You will be supported to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills certificates in Maths and English if you have not already attained these qualifications


Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • We expect our apprentices to have a minimum level of qualifications and this depends on the apprenticeship role. Please see our vacancy listings for further details
  • The right to work in the UK and be English speaking


Find out more about some of the apprentices working at Premier Foods and read their stories.
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Apprentices 2018/19

Will Gray

Online Technician,

Will Gray studied for his apprenticeship at the factory in Worksop, working as an Online Technician for Premier Foods.

“As part of my job role, I am relied upon to maintain food production line equipment which produces brands such as Bisto and Saxa, carrying out routine and unplanned maintenance. I am also involved with projects that focus on continually improving the site across all areas, which adds variety to the role which I really enjoy. I firmly believe apprenticeships are one of the best routes to take following school. I read about the opportunity with Premier Foods in the local newspaper and thought it was a brilliant chance to learn while earning money with a reputable company in the area. For anyone looking to embark on an apprenticeship, I would say you have to be willing to listen and my advice would be don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Not only have I learnt a great deal about engineering, but the programme has also helped me develop as a person.”

Antonia Oakley

Technical Operator,

Antonia Oakley undertook an apprenticeship as a technical operator at Premier Foods, working on the OXO line at the company’s Worksop site.

“When I saw Premier Foods was recruiting for apprentices, I thought it was a great way for me to get a qualification while working for a well-known food manufacturer. The scheme was really good, with training and advice always available. If I needed help on shift, my colleagues were there to support me and I had a mentor for any queries around my coursework. As a result, I have gained many skills – from experience on the line, to presenting my work. I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed learning all about the factory machinery and how to maintain this, I have even had the opportunity to attend a fork lift truck course, so every day I learnt something new. For anyone looking into apprenticeships, I’d say that you need to be confident and able to work well as part of a team to succeed. You need to be organised and stick to deadlines, but it really is a great opportunity to learn while working.”

David Blunt

Quality Assurance Technologist,

David Blunt is currently studying for his apprenticeship at the Ashford site, working as a Quality Assurance Technologist for Premier Foods.

“The level of qualification provided through the apprenticeship was something I had considered before, but couldn’t commit to due to the cost and not having the time. Being able to take on the apprenticeship in the field, while working at Premier Foods, was too good an opportunity to turn down. It’s given me the opportunity to learn new subjects and develop my current knowledge, especially when considering different ways to reach the same end goal, which is particularly important across the different food manufacturing sectors we work with. My role is so varied and sees me managing a team of eight operators. A large part of what I do relates to quality control issues, sourcing the right ingredients and ensuring compliance to quality assurance-related legislation, among other roles.”

Gareth Thompson

Continuous Improvement (CI)
Coordinator, Carlton

Gareth Thompson has undertaken his apprenticeship at the Mr Kipling factory in Carlton and is now working as a Continuous Improvement (CI) Coordinator for Premier Foods.

“I complete basic CI duties on six different lines within the factory; I love having the ability to learn whilst working, constantly obtaining different skills and meeting new people within the business. Premier Foods provides such great support, particularly to those in apprenticeships who are learning every day, and I know the hard work which I put in will lead me to succeed and eventually allow me to explore other opportunities within the business. I think my main qualities which help me within my apprenticeship at Premier Foods are being adaptable, ambitious, pro-active and taking the lead at a given opportunity. I’m always being exposed to new elements of the business and trying out new tasks every day which has led me to have a much wider knowledge of the business than I necessarily would somewhere else.”

Rachel Pitman

Online Channel Manager,
St Albans

Rachel Pitman, who has recently completed Premier Foods’ graduate scheme, is studying for her apprenticeship in Digital Marketing at Premier Foods.

“Discovering I had the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship with Premier Foods which would fit in around my current job was really exciting. It is an 18 month course where my tutor comes to see me every 12 weeks, so it isn’t too time consuming and it’s already helping me develop my skills further, as the course includes topics such as search engine optimisation and coding. My manager has been very supportive and as I work quite independently, it has been really helpful to have the extra support the apprenticeship has provided me with as well. It definitely surprises people to learn that apprenticeships aren’t only open to school leavers – there are people of all ages and backgrounds on my course so it is something I recommend people explore as it has been so valuable for my development at Premier Foods.”

Harry Humby

Software Developer,

Harry Humby has undertaken his apprenticeship in Software Development at Stoneham.

“When I discovered the Software Developer apprenticeship with Premier Foods, I leapt at the opportunity. A degree is great as it offers many advantages further down the line, however, in my chosen area of IT, with experience comes expertise. The apprenticeship also means I can learn and earn whilst gaining a qualification, which is incredibly useful from both an educational and financial aspect. I’ve been offered some brilliant opportunities as part of the programme, a particular highlight of mine was spending two weeks in London at an IBM garage, working alongside developers to build a chat bot from scratch. When I started the apprenticeship I never imagined being involved in something like that so it was really amazing to be given that opportunity. I learn something new every day and I’ve been involved in so many areas of the business, it has really expanded my IT expertise which is why I love it at Premier Foods.”

Tabrez Javaid

Machine Technical Operator,

Tabrez Javaid is undertaking an apprenticeship as a Machine Technical Operator at Premier Foods’ Stoke site

“Since starting my apprenticeship, and as the programme develops, I am really enjoying being actively involved in helping improve performance at the factory. Premier Foods really values staff ideas and it is great seeing some of these being implemented. I have always considered myself a confident person, but it’s surprised me how much more confidence the apprenticeship scheme has given me. I have worked for Premier Foods for 20 years and it is great to have the opportunity to still take part in the scheme. It means I can learn a new role while working and at the end, I will have a nationally recognised qualification. Also within food manufacturing, equipment is becoming increasingly complex so it's been great to have the chance to learn and adapt. Overall, it was the opportunity to learn new skills which really drew me towards an apprenticeship and I would actively encourage people who are keen to learn, to explore this route.”