Apprenticeships With Mars | Graduates & Students | Mars UK


Joining an Apprenticeship with Mars will give you the opportunity to gain amazing experience, learn new skills and earn real money from day one. You’ll be joining a community made up of like-minded people, including lots of other apprentices, and spending time between college and one of our sites across the UK. We offer schemes in Engineering and Manufacturing, all which involve you taking part in fantastic training courses and team-building events whilst tackling real challenges and taking on real responsibility. You'll need to be a great team player and communicator, with the motivation to get results and a positive mindset. As a Mars apprentice, you will get professional experience and on the job development second to none.


Engineering, Slough - 4 years

Over the 4 years you will be working towards the Mechatronic standard, which gives skills in mechanical and electrical disciplines. You will spend year 1 full time at college where you will be working towards the Mechatronic standard and a BTEC Level 3. Year 2 you will be in the factory and getting hands on experience alongside your BTEC Level 3 at college. In years 3 and 4 you will continue with the Mechatronic standard, working in the factory and as well as attending college to study towards a HNC Electrical Engineering. 

Manufacturing, Slough - 4 years 

You will be working towards the Advanced Food Process Operator standard. Year 1 will be spent full time at college working on the Mechatronic standard foundation and a BTEC Level 3. Year 2 will see you come into our factory and get hands on experience, alongside this you will work towards the Advanced Food Process Operator standard as well as completing your BTEC Level 3 through college. For years 3 and 4, you will continue with your Advanced Food Process Operator standard whilst working in our factory and studying some days at college to work towards a HNC in Mechanical Engineering. 

Engineering, Melton Mowbray - 4 years 

In year 1 you will spent two days per week at Vogal's Training Centre and one day per week at Loughborough College, the remaining two days per week will be spent in our factory getting hands on experience. During years 2, 3 & 4 you will spend four days a week in the factory and 1 day a week at college. At the end of the four year apprenticeship you will have achieved a Level 3 Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Mechanical or Electrical Engineering as per MOET standard ST0154/03.

Engineering, Kings Lynn - 4 years

During the 4 years you'll be working towards the City & Guilds Level 3 Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance qualification, followed by a Level 4 qualification in engineering. In partnership with the College of West Anglia, each apprenticeship year is broken down into four 13 week placements where you'll learn about a specific technology. The second half of your Apprenticeship will see you on shift with one of our shift technical teams to ensure you get a practical grounding as you develop towards a qualified engineering technician. The robust and structured development support is also designed to enhance your soft skills, through one-to-one business mentors and regular opportunities to engage with higher management throughout the scheme to help you excel in your future career. 

Manufacturing, Kings Lynn - 3 years

The 3 year Manufacturing Apprentice Scheme is designed to provide the necessary training and experiences to develop high calibre Lead Operators. You will be working towards a Level 3 qualification in a Food & Drink Manufacturing Standard. In the first year you will develop a technical foundation to be built upon throughout your apprenticeship. Over the next year you will be assigned to a shift. The emphasis will be on acquiring operational skills, working on site you will learn how to operate the machinery and the basic maintenance skills required to ensure our plant runs efficiently. During the final year of your apprenticeship you will become a shift based lead operator in training running a production area demonstrating Operational Excellence and Leadership skills. You will be assigned a mentor to guide and support you throughout your apprenticeship to ensure you have a successful career at Mars.

Engineering, Birstall - 4 years

In year 1 you will typically spend 5 days per week developing a range of engineering skills through ‘off the job’ training and studying at a local college for a Level 3 Technical Certificate. During college holidays, you will be spending time with us at our Birstall site, where you get to meet everyone and gain valuable hands-on experience to support your learning. In year's 2, 3 & 4 you will typically be based at our Birstall site 4 days per week experiencing a variety of engineering placements, while also spending one day per week at college continuing your studies. At the end of the four year apprenticeship you will have achieved a Level 3 Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship (Mechanical or Electrical Systems/ Process Control).

Plymouth, Engineering - 4 years

The Engineering Technician programme runs over four years with the first year being spent full time at Cornwall College where you will be working towards a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering Level 3 and a Performing Engineering Operations NVQ Level 2. In Year 2 you will come into the factory and spend time in all Engineering and Production areas of the business and continue college at day release continuing with the BTEC National Diploma in Engineering Level 3 and an NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance. In Years 3 and 4 you will attend college on day release working towards an HNC in Engineering.

Plymouth, Manufacturing - 3 years

The Technical Operations programme runs over three years taking the same route as the Engineering Technician in Years 1 and 2. At the end of Year 2 the business will decide on which route you take either as an Engineering Technician or a Technical Operations route based on the selection process aligned with business requirements. In Year 3 as a Technical Operations Associate you will come into the factory and spend time in a Production area of the business working towards a Technical Operations role.

Making Your Application 

All of our apprenticeships have a start date of September 2019.
For all of our apprenticeship schemes you'll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C and you must be happy and able to travel to site as well as to college.
In terms of the process, initially we’ll ask you to send us your application through this website - this will include some essay questions. The next stage is a telephone interview. If you do well at this stage, we’ll invite you to a panel day, which will include a group discussion exercise, a problem solving exercise, a presentation, and an interview. You will also get a factory tour with one of our current apprentices so you can see our environment for yourself, and hear about life with us as an apprentice from someone who’s already been in your shoes. 

We open for applications on 1st January 2019, so please check back then to submit your application