Manufacturing Process Operator Level 2 Apprenticeship at Essity

Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Intermediate Level (Level 2)
30th March 2021
Role May Involve:
Engineering & Manufacturing

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Manufacturing Process Operator Level 2 Apprenticeship

Is full time study not your thing? But not sure what job to do? Do you want to earn money and still gain some extra qualifications? Keen to stay local to Manchester?

At Essity we manufacture and sell products that are used every day, we break taboos and challenge convention, all with the intention of breaking down barriers to health and well-being globally.

We own and manufacture many leading brands. Cushelle toilet tissue, Plenty kitchen roll and TORK are three of our leading tissue brands, all manufactured in the UK for use in the home and industry.

We want you to help us maintain production for the future and create new innovative ways of working. Join us as a Manufacturing Process Apprentice and you will gain the skills to make a positive contribution to our business and reach your full potential.

About the role

You may be surprised how involved and challenging our papermaking process is. Our paper machines are larger than a jumbo jet, and the machine speed is faster than the motorway speed limit.

Join Essity as a Manufacturing Process Apprentice at our Trafford Park site and you will have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to contribute to our manufacturing processes. With a strong history of recruiting and developing apprentices, you will join an experienced team with a passion for coaching new members of the team.

What you will do

Over two years you will follow the Engineering Operative standard which includes a level 2 qualification in Performing Engineering Operations and Business Improvement Techniques, as well as industry specific papermaking qualifications. These courses will be undertaken whilst working on-the-job and in block release training events. Throughout the programme you will have the support of a dedicated assessor. You will also study modules in Essity’s global Manufacturing Academy, a bespoke training programme.

Your work-based learning will focus on:

  • how to operate the machinery both effectively and safely
  • understanding key manufacturing systems, including an awareness of production costs.
  • how to undertake maintenance of the machine including some mechanical responsibilities
  • completing audits
  • how to ensure production meets quality standards

On completion of your apprenticeship, you will be ready for a manufacturing operations role.

Who are you?

We would love to hear from you if you can show the following;

  • A minimum of GCSE grade 3/D (predicted or already achieved) in maths, English (and also preferably in science)
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • You can complete small projects with quality and speed (could be linked to a hobby or school-based assignment)
  • You can solve problems from information that you have pulled together yourself
  • You can communicate and work well with others
  • You like to challenge yourself and prove to yourself you can achieve things

This role will start in September 2021.

You'll need to be 18 years old to be considered for this apprenticeship due to the requirement to work shifts. The shift pattern is planned, and you will be working 4 x 12-hours shifts (2-days and 2 nights) followed by 6 days off-shift.

What we can offer you

In return we offer an excellent starting salary (above the national minimum apprentice wage), plus annual bonus opportunity, competitive pension scheme, health cash plan, workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Apply now so you don’t lose out on this great opportunity.

At Essity, we believe every career is as unique as the individual and empower employees to reach their full potential in a winning culture motivated by a powerful purpose.

Collaborative and caring culture | empowerment & engaged people |work with impact and powerful purpose | individual learning & career growth | health & safety priority | sustainable value together | innovation | sustainable working life | total reward

More About Trafford Park Mill, Manchester

Trafford Park Mill is located between the M60 and central Manchester, with Eccles train station within walking distance, or a free staff car park for those that have their own transport. With approximately 190 employees, including apprentices, and graduates, Trafford Park Mill offers a modern factory environment, with subsidized canteen, and the provision of workwear and PPE. With an excellent earning as well as skill development opportunity this is an ideal role to take your next step on your career ladder.


Together, we are improving lives, every day.

Working at Essity is not just a career; it is a chance to directly make the world a healthier, more hygienic and safer place. With impactful innovations coupled with sustainable solutions, we strive to reach more people every year with the necessary and essential solutions for well-being.

About Essity

We want to improve the lives of 2 billion people every day. We want to continue to break down barriers. Do you want to join us on our journey?

If you want to break down barriers, if you are a driven individual and if you want to keep learning, then Essity, as a leading global FMCG organisation can support you in accelerating your career.

At Essity, we are dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions. We contribute to better lives for individuals and communities around the world. We strive to minimise our environmental impact, and we are determined to develop products and solutions that use less resources and fit into a circular society.

We have some of the UK’s most recognisable brands – Cushelle, Plenty, Bodyform, TENA, Tork and Leukoplast. We manufacture and sell products that are used every day, we break taboos and challenge convention with campaigns such as ‘Blood Normal’, which has helped break down barriers around menstruation.

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