Training for the future

Look forward to learning through a mix of practical skills and training alongside your academic studies. Start your future with the HARIBO family!

Young employees in conversation with their supervisor at HARIBO
Young employees in conversation with their supervisor at HARIBO

Your start to a colourful career!

Are you an enthusiastic individual wanting to learn the skills of the engineering trade and improve your knowledge with a market leading food manufacturer?

Are you willing to commit to attending college while also gaining experience within a professional environment? Would you like the opportunity to learn from team members with years of knowledge to share?

Our apprenticeships are designed to give those starting out in their careers an exciting and unique opportunity to learn, work and gain hands-on experience of the mechanics and maintenance of all our production and/or packaging machinery within the confectionery market. As part of our Trailblazer apprenticeship programme you will be supported by qualified engineers as well as our fantastic management team, who are all committed to offering the very best level of guidance. Together we provide you with the support you need to be successful in both your studies and your future career.

As well as gaining a wealth of experience, our apprentices will also work towards a Level 3 college qualification in Food Engineering. This means that each of our students has the opportunity to gain both an apprenticeship and an industry leading Diploma at the same time.

We offer engineering apprenticeships within both Packaging and Production, at both of our manufacturing sites in Pontefract and Castleford.

What we are looking for:

  • A commitment to gaining an Engineering based Apprenticeship / HNC
  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 in the numeric system) or above would be preferred, two of which should be English and Maths
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively use IT packages to a good level e.g. Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Able to easily build and maintain relationships in the working environment

We start advertising our apprentice vacancies during March/April each year, so please continue to check our careers site to view our latest vacancies!

Are you our future engineering talent...

We are passionate about giving back and, offered in partnership with the Smallpeice Trust’s Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Programme – one of the UK’s leading engineering programmes, we provide the opportunity for enthusiastic and ambitious individuals to learn, excel and develop lifelong skills.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships is a programme from national STEM education charity, the Smallpeice Trust, and has been providing scholarships to students since 1991.

The scholarship programmes gives students aged between 15-16 year old the opportunity to take their first steps into their careers, becoming the leading talents of the future in engineering.

At HARIBO, as well as benefitting from our funding and mentorship, scholars gain invaluable experience from us to help them shape their future careers. This includes coming to see our fantastic state of the art facilities in operation, understanding how we work, from generating new ideas to tasting our newly developed quality products!

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Partnership with Selby and Wakefield Colleges

In order to support our local area and economy, both of our chosen partner colleges are within 20 minutes of our Pontefract and Castleford based manufacturing facilities. This also means that they are in easy reach to offer support and guidance to all of our students, ensuring that each of our apprentices is given every possible opportunity to be successful in their studies and role.

The feedback that we receive from our current apprentices at both Selby and Wakefield centres acknowledges the patience and commitment that is demonstrated towards them, both through the partnership with the colleges and our support team at HARIBO.

Classes are based around small numbers of students and the excellent facilities, tutorial and pastoral services are an integral part of the learning experience, on offer for our HARIBO Apprentices.

Partnership with The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Programme

The SmallPeice Trust is an educational charity that is passionate about engaging students to take up careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Partnered with the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, they offer students between the ages of 11 and 21 years access to leading STEM learning and scholarship opportunities during their educational careers and beyond.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Programme is designed to nurture and inspire future leaders as they leave school and progress into the exciting world of engineering.

At HARIBO, our teams of passionate engineers use their expert knowledge to help create all your best loved treats, alongside developing new and innovative products for our customers. We rely on generations of confectionary engineering experience to produce the high quality products we’re famous for. This is why we’re also proud to be working in partnership with the SmallPeice Trust to support young talent into becoming the world-class engineers of the future.

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