SGS Apprenticeships Can Lead to £17,000-£25,000 Full-time Role


SGS Packaging Europe specialises in helping large companies to develop exceptional packaging solutions. Working from a busy office at Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, creative professionals define how the packaging for household brands such as P&G and Coca-Cola Europe will look when it arrives on supermarket shelves.

To reflect its commitment to high-quality training, in 2018 SGS launched the apprenticeship programme in Hull, presenting an exciting way to enter the industry and begin a fulfilling career. Taking on roles within everything from client services to artwork departments, these talented young professionals benefit from tailored in-house training, one-to-one mentoring and regular development days. Following a successful trial year, the programme is now ready to launch in Birmingham.

“The apprenticeship programme’s focus is to build a consistent platform that promotes the introduction and development of young people into our business,”

says Nicola Ashton, who manages the apprenticeship programme.
“We have a wealth of knowledge and experience within SGS and it is vital that it is not lost to the next generation of artwork operators, retouchers, designers and account managers.”

Through the programme, SGS can ensure that these skills not only remain within the business but also evolve as new technologies and ways of working emerge. Meanwhile, the apprentices are also given ownership over a series of community projects, allowing them to choose charities to support and exciting events for getting their colleagues involved.

“We’re very proud of them for coming up with these fantastic ideas and being so passionate about supporting not-for-profit organisations,"

adds Nicola.
“They’re really shaping up to be fabulous young people who will have a positive impact on the world and we look forward to rolling out the scheme to the West Midlands.”

The next intake in Birmingham will present people of any age with the opportunity to take a Level 2 qualification on the national apprenticeship wage. Following the 12-month period, those who are successful will be offered a salary increase and progress onto Level 3 for a further two years. At the end of the apprenticeship, SGS will look to take them on permanently as a full-time member of staff, earning between £17,000 and £25,000. In the process, they will have gained accredited qualifications, valuable experience, a range of life skills, and a true sense of accomplishment.

If you’re interested in apprenticeships at SGS Packaging Europe, please apply online.